Illuminating and Observant: Read Our Review of The Luminous Solution by Charlotte Wood

Illuminating and Observant: Read Our Review of The Luminous Solution by Charlotte Wood

An inspiring work about creativity and resilience from the multi-award-winning author of The Weekend.

In this essential, illuminating book, award-winning writer Charlotte Wood shares the insights she has gained over a career paying close attention to her own mind, to the world around her, and to the way she and others work.

Drawing on research and decades of observant conversation and immersive reading, Wood shares what artists can teach the rest of us about inspiration and hard work, how to pursue truth in art and life, and how to find courage during difficult times.

Charlotte Wood is one of Australia’s most provocative and gifted writers. Her novel, The Natural Way of Things, won the 2016 Indie Book of the Year and Indie Fiction Book of the Year prizes, was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin. Her 2020 novel, The Weekend, is an international bestseller that was also shortlisted for the Stella Prize and longlisted for the Miles Franklin.

With The Luminous Solution, she’s deviated slightly and has stepped away from fiction to instead focus on the exploration of creativity. Using her doctoral studies in creativity and decades of experience as an artist, she explores areas such as intuition and perseverance, nature and the artist, risk and safe territory, failure, and more. One chapter, ‘The Outside Voice,’ is a celebration of the unruly, untamed artist who has entered unexplored places. Another, ‘Afraid of the Dark’, discusses anger as a creative fuel. Throughout, Wood questions her own internal world, holding space for the reader to do the same. And that space is exquisite.

This isn’t just a book for artists, but for the artist in us all. In the Preface, Wood says:

‘A rich inner life is not just the preserve of the arts. The joys, fears and profound self-discoveries of creativity – through making or building anything that wasn’t there before, any imaginative exploration or attempt to invent – I believe to be the birthright of every person on this earth. If you live your life with curiosity and intention – or would like to – this book is for you.”

The Luminous Solution is a book about how thinking creatively can help all of us to live richer, more wholehearted lives. As always, Wood’s writing shines – it truly is luminous. This one is going on my gift-giving list for Christmas. It’s a wise, wondrous read for us all.

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    Publisher details

    The Luminous Solution
    Author
    Charlotte Wood
    Publisher
    Allen & Unwin
    Genre
    Fiction
    Released
    28 September, 2021
    ISBN
    9781760879235

    Synopsis

    In this essential, illuminating book, award-winning writer Charlotte Wood shares the insights she has gained over a career paying close attention to her own mind, to the world around her and to the way she and others work.Drawing on research and decades of observant conversation and immersive reading, Charlotte shares what artists can teach the rest of us about inspiration and hard work, how to pursue truth in art and life, and to find courage during the difficult times: facing down what we fear and keeping going when things seem hopeless.
    Charlotte Wood
    About the author

    Charlotte Wood

    Charlotte Wood has been described as "one of our most original and provocative writers.” (The Australian).Her fifth novel, The Natural Way of Things, was published in September 2015.  Her previous novel, Animal People, won the People's Choice medal in the 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, was shortlisted for the 2013 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction and longlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Her earlier novels were also shortlisted for various prizes, including the Miles Franklin Award and regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.  Her non-fiction book is an essay collection, Love & Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food.Charlotte is also editor of The Writer's Room Interviews, a bimonthly digital magazine of conversations with Australian authors, and in 2009 edited a collection of short stories about siblings by some of Australia's finest writers, called Brothers & Sisters.In 2014 she was appointed Chair of Arts Practice, Literature, at the Australia Council for the Arts.  Charlotte writes an occasional blog 'on reading, writing and living' at www.howtoshuckanoyster.com, and lives in Sydney with her husband.

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