Publisher details

The Lost Dog
Author
Michelle de Kretser
Publisher
Allen & Unwin
Genre
Fiction
Released
01 November, 2007

Synopsis

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.Set in present-day Australia and mid-twentieth century India, here is a haunting, layered work that brilliantly counterpoints new cityscapes and their inhabitants with the untamed, ancient continent beyond. With its atmosphere of menace and an acute sense of the unexplained in any story, it illuminates the collision of the wild and the civilised, modernity and the past, home and exile.The Lost Dog is a mystery and a love story, an exploration of art and nature, a meditation on ageing and the passage of time. It is a book of wonders: a gripping contemporary novel which examines the weight of history as well as different ways of understanding the world.Winner, 2008 NSW Premier's Book of the Year Award, NSW Premier's Literary Awards, The Christina Stead Prize for Fiction and ALS (Australian Literature Society) Gold Medal. Long-listed, 2008 The Man Booker Prize an The Orange Prize for Fiction.  
Michelle de Kretser
About the author

Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. Educated in Melbourne and Paris, Michelle has worked as a university tutor, an editor and a book reviewer. She is the author of The Rose Grower, The Hamilton Case, which won the Commonwealth Prize (SE Asia and Pacific region) and the UK Encore Prize, and The Lost Dog, which was widely praised by writers such as AS Byatt, Hilary Mantel and William Boyd and won a swag of awards, including: the 2008 NSW Premier's Book of the Year Award and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, and the 2008 ALS Gold Medal. The Lost Dog was also shortlisted for the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, the Western Australian Premier's Australia-Asia Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Asia-Pacific Region) and Orange Prize's Shadow Youth Panel. It was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction. Questions of Travel was the winner of the 2013 Miles Franklin Award, the Prime Ministers Literary Award for Fiction and the Western Australian Premier's Prize and Award for Fiction.

Books by Michelle de Kretser

Related articles

Live Book Event: Adele Parks in Conversation with Sally Hepworth

News | Events & Festivals

10 June 2021

Live Book Event: Adele Parks in Conversation with Sally Hepworth

    Tori Haschka on Her Love of Food and How it Influenced Her First Novel

    Podcast

    10 June 2021

    Tori Haschka on Her Love of Food and How it Influenced Her First Novel

      7 Great Audiobooks for This Long Weekend (Inspired by the Top 100)

      News | Book Life

      9 June 2021

      7 Great Audiobooks for This Long Weekend (Inspired by the Top 100)

        Podcast: Meredith Jaffé on Writing a Book Set in a Men's Prison

        Podcast

        7 June 2021

        Podcast: Meredith Jaffé on Writing a Book Set in a Men's Prison

          Search, Draw and Solve: Activity from The Exploding Life of Scarlett Fife by Maz Evans

          News | Book Life

          7 June 2021

          Search, Draw and Solve: Activity from The Exploding Life of Scarlett Fife by Maz Evans

          Live Book Event: Sinéad Stubbins, Author of In My Defence, I Have No Defence

          News | Events & Festivals

          4 June 2021

          Live Book Event: Sinéad Stubbins, Author of In My Defence, I Have No Defence

            Kids & YA Preview: An Exclusive Chance to Read and Review Free Books Before Anyone Else

            News | Book Life

            3 June 2021

            Kids & YA Preview: An Exclusive Chance to Read and Review Free Books Before Anyone Else

            Podcast: Dr Robert Isaacs on Bridging the Divide Between White and Black Australia

            Podcast

            3 June 2021

            Podcast: Dr Robert Isaacs on Bridging the Divide Between White and Black Australia

              Live Book Event: T.J. Newman in Conversation with Dervla McTiernan

              News | Events & Festivals

              2 June 2021

              Live Book Event: T.J. Newman in Conversation with Dervla McTiernan

                The Top 100: The Better Reading Team Pick Their Favourite Books

                News | Book Life

                1 June 2021

                The Top 100: The Better Reading Team Pick Their Favourite Books

                  COMMENTS

                  Leave a Reply

                  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *