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The Other Side of the World

Stephanie Bishop

6 Reviews

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Australia, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Longlisted for The Stella Prize 2016, Shortlisted for The Victorian Premier's Literary Award 2016 and winner of the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2015.

'profoundly moving ... a literary tour de force' - Australian Women's Weekly

'the precision and flair of the writing is breathtaking' - Weekend Australian

'an insightful, exquisitely observed novel' - The Guardian

CAMBRIDGE, 1963

Charlotte is struggling. With motherhood, with the changes marriage and parenthood bring, with losing the time and the energy to paint. Her husband, Henry, wants things to be as they were and can't face the thought of another English winter.

A brochure slipped through the letterbox gives him the answer: 'Australia brings out the best in you.' Before she has a chance to realise what it will mean, Charlotte is travelling to the other side of the world.

Arriving in Perth, the southern sun shines a harsh light and slowly reveals that this new life is not the answer either was hoping for. Charlotte is left wondering if there is anywhere she belongs and how far she'll go to find her way home . . .

A novel of astonishing grace and devastating emotional power that will make your heart ache. If you loved The Hours or The Hand that First Held Mine, you will love The Other Side of the World.

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Praise for The Other Side of the World

  • The story of Charlotte and Henry - the melancholy beauty of its prose and the sharpness of its insights into nostalgia and belonging - has stayed with me for weeks now. - Geordie Williamson

  • the precision and flair of the writing is breathtaking - Weekend Australian

  • The Other Side of the World shows she is a talent to watch. - Sydney Morning Herald

  • Assured, evocative, moving - without question one of the finest Australian novels of 2015. - Martin Shaw

  • an unputdownable, evocative tale of nostalgia, belonging and motherhood delivered with superb poetic grace. - Canberra Weekly

  • a haunting beauty reminiscent of the writings of Emily Bronte and Virginia Woolfe - Readings

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Stephanie Bishop

Stephanie Bishop's first novel was The Singing, for which she was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelists and highly commended in the Kathleen Mitchell Award. Stephanie's second novel, The Other Side of the World, was awarded the 2015 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, shortlisted for the 2014 Australian/Vogel's literary Award, longlisted for the 2016 Stella prize, shortlisted in both the NSW Premier's and the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and named the Literary Fiction Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards.

Stephanie's writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, The Monthly, the Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian, amongst other publications. She holds a PhD from Cambridge and teaches in the creative writing program at the University of New South Wales. She lives in Sydney.