The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan FICTION

 The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan Hb. £16.99 published by Chatto & Windus

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We didn't want to big up one book above the others in a superb shortlist for the 2014 Booker Prize. But now that it has won we are happy to say "whoo hoo, we are absolutely delighted". Evie has been lauding it's merits since the proof copy (ages ago). We see in Richard Flanagan a 21st Century successor to Patrick White, a winner of the Nobel Prize for literature and the Granddaddy of Australian literature. But this book is far more than that. It is about the awful universal tragedy that is humanity and how that defines us all. A page turner of the highest order. Read it.