The Low Road

Author:   Chris Womersley
Publisher:   Scribe Publications
ISBN:  

9781921844546


Pages:   280
Publication Date:   28 November 2011
Format:   Paperback
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Lee, a petty criminal, wakes in a seedy motel with a bullet in his side and a suitcase of stolen money, his memory hazy as to how he got there. Soon he meets Wild, a doctor who is escaping his own disastrous life, and the two men set out for the safety of the countryside. As they flee the city, they develop an uneasy intimacy, inevitably revisiting their pasts even as they desperately seek to evade them. Lee is haunted by a brief stint in jail; Wild is on the run from the legacy of medical malpractice. But Lee and Wild are not alone- they are pursued through an increasingly gothic landscape by the ageing gangster Josef, who must retrieve the stolen money and deal with Lee to ensure his own survival. Ultimately, all three men are forced to confront the parts of themselves they sought to outrun. Part noir thriller, part modern tale of alienation and despair, The Low Road seduces the reader into a story that unfolds and deepens hypnotically. A brilliant debut novel. 'As unflinching as Cormac McCarthy and as perverse as Ian McEwan, The Low Road blazes too with the lyricism of T.C. Boyle. It is a surprising and stunning debut.' Australian Financial Review 'Womersley's language is polished and assured, each word precisely chosen, and every image finely constructed.' The Age

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Author:   Chris Womersley
Publisher:   Scribe Publications
Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Dimensions:   Width: 12.80cm , Height: 2.20cm , Length: 19.70cm
Weight:   0.275kg
ISBN:  

9781921844546


ISBN 10:   192184454
Pages:   280
Publication Date:   28 November 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Chris Womersley's debut novel, The Low Road, won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction. His second novel, Bereft, won the Australian Book Industry Award for Literary Fiction and the Indie Award for Fiction; was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, The Age Book of the Year, the Australian Society of Literature Gold Medal and the UK's Gold Dagger award; and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Bereft and The Low Road have been translated into a number of languages. Chris's short fiction has appeared in Granta, The Best Australian Stories 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012, Griffith REVIEW, Wet Ink and Meanjin; and one of his stories was shortlisted for the BBC International Short Story Award in 2012. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and son.

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