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The Lost Dog

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Cover artist  Ampersand Duck
Publication date  2007
Originally published  2007
Country  Australia
OCLC  177704074

Language  English
Pages  345 pp
Author  Michelle de Kretser
Preceded by  The Hamilton Case
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Publisher  Allen & Unwin, Australia
Media type  Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Awards  Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
Similar  Michelle de Kretser books, Dog books

The Lost Dog is a 2007 novel by Australian writer Michelle de Kretser.

Contents

Plot

Tom Loxley is holed up in a remote bush shack trying to finish his book on Henry James when his beloved dog goes missing. What follows is a triumph of storytelling, as The Lost Dog loops back and forth in time to take the reader on a spellbinding journey into worlds far removed from the present tragedy.

Awards

  • Commonwealth Writers Prize, South East Asia and South Pacific Region, Best Book, 2008: shortlisted
  • Barbara Jefferis Award, 2008: shortlisted
  • New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, 2008: winner
  • New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Book of the Year, 2008: winner
  • Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, 2008: winner
  • Man Booker Prize, 2008: longlisted
  • Victorian Premier's Literary Award, Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, 2008: shortlisted
  • Australia-Asia Literary Award, 2008: longlisted
  • Reviews

    Reviewing the novel for The New Statesman, Jane Shilling noted: "Reading The Lost Dog, one is torn between contradictory urges - to race ahead, in order to find out what happens, and to linger in admiration of de Kretser's ravishing style."

    In The Guardian, Carmen Callil stated her opinion upfront: "This is my favourite kind of novel. It is full of incident and character, tells a gripping story, has many touches of brilliance and can make you laugh and wonder. But it is also mightily flawed...These lapses aside, the language is full of light, colour and precise observation and, better still, the author can handle ethical and political concerns with a light touch."

    Interviews

  • Robert Dessaix on ABC Radio National's The Book Show from November 2007.[1]
  • Fiona Gruber interview in The Sydney Morning Herald from November 2007.[2]
  • Rosemary Neill interview in The Australian from March 2008.[3]
  • In conversation with Gail Jones at the 2008 Sydney Writers' Festival in May 2008.[4]
  • References

    The Lost Dog Wikipedia


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