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Careless (novel)

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Language  English
Media type  Print (Paperback)
ISBN  978-0-330-42235-2
Author  Deborah Robertson
Country  Australia
Publication date  2006
Pages  293 pp
Originally published  2006
Genre  Novel
OCLC  224695918
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Publisher  Vintage Books, Australia
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Careless is a 2006 novel by Australian author Deborah Robertson.



"For my brothers, Scott and Tony."

Plot summary

The novel follows the lives of four protagonists - Pearl, Anna, Sonia and Adam - who have all been touched by grief and despair. Suffering alone they are all drawn together by a tragic event.


  • International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2008: longlisted
  • Commonwealth Writers Prize, South East Asia and South Pacific Region, Best Book, 2007: shortlisted
  • Miles Franklin Literary Award, 2007: shortlisted
  • Orange Prize for Fiction (UK), 2007: longlisted
  • New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, 2007: shortlisted
  • Nita Kibble Literary Award, 2007: winner
  • Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA), Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year, 2007: shortlisted
  • The Age Book of the Year Award, Fiction Prize, 2007: shortlisted
  • Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, Fiction, 2006: shortlisted
  • Colin Roderick Award, 2006: winner
  • References may be found on the individual award pages.


    Rachel Slater in Australian Women's Book Review noted: "Death and grief are central to this novel, and in particular the concept of public versus private grief and the questions around how art can deal with a subject of such magnitude...Careless offers an intimate yet shared portrayal of grief in all its complexities and reminds us that our promises of care can never really be kept."


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