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Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 320
Subject: Fiction


Josephine Wilson

A big-hearted, beautifully written novel of love, loss, and growing old (dis)gracefully

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781788160766 (Published 5 Jul 2018)

About the book

Winner of the prestigious Miles Franklin Award

Professor Frederick Lothian, retired engineer, world expert on concrete and connoisseur of modernist design, has quarantined himself from life by moving to a retirement village. Surrounded and obstructed by the debris of his life, he is determined to be miserable, but is tired of his existence and of the life he has chosen.

When a series of unfortunate incidents forces him and his neighbour, Jan, together, he begins to realise the damage done by the accumulation of a lifetime's secrets and lies, and to comprehend his own shortcomings. Finally, Frederick Lothian has the opportunity to build something meaningful for the ones he loves.

Humorous, poignant and galvanising, this is a novel about all kinds of extinction - natural, racial, national and personal - and what we can do to prevent them.

About the author

Josephine Wilson lives in Perth, Western Australia with her partner and two children. Her first novel, Cusp, was published in 2005. Extinctions, her second novel, won the Miles Franklin Award in 2017.


Very funny, dark and full of tragic power

- Australian Book Review

A rich and humane novel

- The Saturday Paper

A compassionate and unapologetically intelligent novel

- Miles Franklin Judges' Citation

Josephine Wilson's novel, Extinctions, is whip-smart, full of unexpected moves and a wonderful cast of characters. From its first sentence, the prose exhibits an unselfconscious beauty, while the voice remains both compassionate and uncompromising. A powerful, memorable read.

- Karen Joy Fowler

A novel as beautifully and intricately designed as the iconic structures retired Australian engineer, Fred Lothian, admires. An intellectual but deeply flawed man, he can't see he may be preserving the artifacts of his family's past while letting his family wither away. A masterful meditation on love, loss and the carelessness of extinction.

- Helen Simonson

Additional Information

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 320
Subject: Fiction

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