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The Pages

The Pages

Murray Bail

  • award* shortlisted, Miles Franklin Literary Award
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  • award* shortlisted, Prime Minister's Literary Awards
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  • award* shortlisted, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards
  • On a family sheep station in western New South Wales, a brother and sister work the property while their reclusive brother, Wesley Antill, spends years toiling away in one of the sheds, writing his philosophy.Now he has died. Erica, a philosopher, is sent from Sydney to appraise his life’s work. Accompanying her is Sophie, who needs distracting from a string of failed relationships. Her field is psychoanalysis.The pages Wesley wrote lie untouched in the shed, just as he left them. What will they reveal? Was he a genius? These turn out to be only a couple of the questions in the air. How will the visit change the lives of Erica and Sophie?The Pages is a beguiling meditation on friendship and love, on men and women, on landscape and the difficulties of thought itself, by one of Australia’s greatest novelists, the author of the much-loved Eucalyptus.

    Murray Bail
    About the Author

    Murray Bail was born in Adelaide in 1941. He has won numerous awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award for Eucalyptus. His most recent novels are The Pages (2008) and The Voyage (2012).

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    12 June 2009
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