Death railway

Alasdair Richards

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North has been described as the best novel by an Australian writer in many years. While the assertion is debatable, it is still an undeniably moving and important book.

Winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize, The Narrow Road tells the story of Dorrigo Evans, one of Australia’s greatest war heroes and surgeons and a public figure of rare importance, from his early years deep in the Tasmanian countryside to his final days on his deathbed. In between he has a passionate affair with his uncle’s wife, and spends a year working on the Burma Railway, neither of which could be claimed as a conspicuous success.

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