Voss

Publisher details

Author
Patrick White
Publisher
Random House Australia
Genres
Fiction, Miles Franklin Literary Award winner
Released
01 October, 2012
ISBN
9781742756882

Voss

Buy now

Retail partners

Synopsis

Set in nineteenth-century Australia, Voss is the story of the secret passion between an explorer and a naïve young woman. Although they have met only a few times, Voss and Laura are joined by overwhelming, obsessive feelings for each other. Voss sets out to cross the continent. As hardships, mutiny and betrayal whittle away his power to endure and to lead, his attachment to Laura gradually increases. Meanwhile Laura, waiting in Sydney, moves through the months of separation as if they were a dream and Voss the only reality.From the careful delineation of Victorian society to the sensitive rendering of hidden love to the stark narrative of adventure in the Australian desert, Patrick White's novel is a work of extraordinary power and virtuosity. The novel that put modern Australian literature on the map#70 in  Australia's Top 100 Favourite Homegrown Reads
Patrick White
About the author

Patrick White

Patrick White was born in England in 1912 and taken to Australia, where his father owned a sheep farm, when he was six months old. He was educated in England at Cheltenham college and King's College, Cambridge. He settled in London, where he wrote several unpublished novels, then served in the RAF during the war. He returned to Australia after the war.He became the most considerable figure in modern Australian literature, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973. The great poet of Australian landscape, he turned its vast empty spaces into great mythic landscapes of the soul. His position as a man of letters was controversial, provoked by his acerbic, unpredictable public statements and his belief that it is eccentric individuals who offer the only hope of salvation. He died in September 1990.

Books by Patrick White

Related articles

Why Renée Treml’s Picture Books Should Be on Every Aussie Bookshelf

News | Author Related | Book Life

29 June 2022

Why Renée Treml’s Picture Books Should Be on Every Aussie Bookshelf

Podcast: Robbi Neal on Cancer, Family and Overcoming Hardship

Podcast

27 June 2022

Podcast: Robbi Neal on Cancer, Family and Overcoming Hardship

    Podcast: Carrie Cox on Marriage, Love and Loss

    Podcast

    23 June 2022

    Podcast: Carrie Cox on Marriage, Love and Loss

      Can Eating Dinner Together Boost Your Kids’ Reading?

      News | Book Life

      23 June 2022

      Can Eating Dinner Together Boost Your Kids’ Reading?

      Podcast: Annabel Abbs on Why We Need More Food in Fiction

      Podcast

      21 June 2022

      Podcast: Annabel Abbs on Why We Need More Food in Fiction

        Podcast: Catherine Deveny on Honesty, Dyslexia and Being an ‘Arts Tradie’

        Podcast

        20 June 2022

        Podcast: Catherine Deveny on Honesty, Dyslexia and Being an ‘Arts Tradie’

          Podcast: Averil Kenny on Her Deep Connection to Rural Life

          Podcast

          16 June 2022

          Podcast: Averil Kenny on Her Deep Connection to Rural Life

            Peek-a-Boo! The Joy of Lift-the-Flap Books for Kids

            News | Book Life

            15 June 2022

            Peek-a-Boo! The Joy of Lift-the-Flap Books for Kids

            Podcast: Stella Rimington on Her Experience as Director General of MI5

            Podcast

            14 June 2022

            Podcast: Stella Rimington on Her Experience as Director General of MI5

              2022 ABIA Winners Announced!

              News | Awards | Events & Festivals

              10 June 2022

              2022 ABIA Winners Announced!

                COMMENTS

                Leave a Reply

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

                1. […] the first winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award was announced: Patrick White, for his novel Voss. Over the years, the prize has been awarded to novels describing life in suburbia, compulsive […]