Filled with luminous writing and startlingly wise observations, this is also a funny, moving and a beautiful contemporary Australian love story and a juicy mystery all at once.
Tom Loxley is holed up in a remote bush shack trying to finish his book on Henry James when his beloved dog goes missing. What follows is a triumph of storytelling, as The Lost Dog loops back and forth in time to take the reader on a spellbinding journey into worlds far removed from the present tragedy.
Set in present-day Australia and mid-twentieth century India, here is a haunting, layered work that brilliantly counterpoints new cityscapes and their inhabitants with the untamed, ancient continent beyond. With its atmosphere of menace and an acute sense of the unexplained in any story, it illuminates the collision of the wild and the civilised, modernity and the past, home and exile.
The Lost Dog is a mystery and a love story, an exploration of art and nature, a meditation on ageing and the passage of time. It is a book of wonders: a gripping contemporary novel which examines the weight of history as well as different ways of understanding the world.
Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. She was educated in Melbourne and Paris. Michelle has worked as a university tutor, an editor and a book reviewer. She is the author of two other novels, The Rose Grower and The Hamilton Case.
Winner, NSW Premier's Book of the Year Award, 2008
Winner, NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, 2008
Winner, ALS (Australian Literature Society) Gold Medal, 2008
Short-listed, VIC Premier's Literary Awards, Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, 2008
Short-listed, Western Australian Premier's Australia-Asia Literary Award, 2008
Short-listed, Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book in the Asia-Pacific Region, 2008
Long-listed, The Man Booker Prize, 2008
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