A beautifully evocative tale of two men whose lives are brought together in tragedy - for lovers of books by KEVIN POWERS and SEBASTIAN BARRY.
Shortlisted for the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards - FICTION
Longlisted for the 2020 ARA Historical Novel Prize 2019 Canberra Critics Circle Award - FICTION
'a beautiful, tender, captivating story' - Joanna Nell, author of The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village
'It is a tender, liberating love story, but, as Featherstone originally intended, a provoking one about our definitions of masculinity, bravery and courage.' - Canberra Times
'a novel about intimacy and devotion, the power of tenderness, the mysteries of time, presence, and absence, secrets revealed and withheld, and friendships between strangers emerging from dire circumstances' - Australian Book Review There is nothing more important than love and refuge.
Egypt, 1941. Only hours after disembarking in Alexandria, William Marsh, an Australian lieutenant at twenty-one, is face down in the sand, caught in a stoush with the Italian enemy. He is saved by James Kelly, a childhood friend from Sydney and the last person he expected to see. But where William escapes unharmed, not all are so fortunate.
William is sent to supervise an army depot in the Western Desert, with a private directive to find an AWOL soldier: James Kelly. When the two are reunited, James is recovering from an accident, hidden away in the home of an unusual family - a family with secrets. Together they will risk it all to find answers.
Soon William and James are thrust headlong into territory more dangerous than either could have imagined.
'A beautifully written, tender and sensitive love story told within the tense and uncertain context of war.' - Karen Viggers, bestselling author of The Lightkeeper's Wife
'This is a strangely gentle novel about wartime conflict, violence, and chaos.' - Sydney Morning Herald
Featherstone's writing rings with assurance, and echoes with love, memory and tenderness. - Karen Viggers, author of The Lightkeeper's Wife
a beautiful, tender, captivating story - Joanna Nell, author of The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village
The novel is set in a time and place where everyone is vulnerable and anyone might be shot, betrayed, captured or abandoned, but love of all kinds endures. - Spectrum
A remarkable and tender wartime love story. - Canberra Times
'Bodies of Men is a profoundly moving piece of fiction from a perceptive writer.' - Mrs B's Book Reviews
a beautifully written and tender love story - ReadPlus Blog
It's a page-turner, underpinned by a fundamental understanding of humanity - Whispering Gums Blog
With unobtrusively elegant prose, Nigel Featherstone has crafted a vivid evocation of the arduous complexities of love - Written by Sime Blog
Nigel Featherstone is an Australian writer who has been published widely. His works include the story collection Joy (2000), his debut novel Remnants (2005), and The Beach Volcano (2014), which is the third in a series of novellas. He wrote the libretto for The Weight of Light, a contemporary song cycle that had its world premiere in 2018. He has held residencies at Varuna (Blue Mountains), Bundanon (Shoalhaven River), and UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.
He lives on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales.