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THE NATURAL WAY OF THINGS
The films rights in THE NATURALWAY OF THINGS have been optioned to Katia Nizic and Emma Dockery two young Australian women who plan to make a micro-budget film within two years.
Sales of the book have not slowed since publication. 500 copies were sold last week (three months after publication - a lot for Australia in January) and total sales are 20,000 copies. Young women 30 and above have grabbed this book and run with it. The word of mouth is amazing.
It will be published in the UK in June 2016.
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We have just sold Charlotte Wood’s book THE NATURAL WAY OF THINGS to Europa Editions who will publish it in the USA in July 2016.
She hears her own thick voice deep inside her ears when she says, 'I need to know where I am.' The man stands there, tall and narrow, hand still on the doorknob, surprised. He says, almost in sympathy, 'Oh, sweetie. You need to know what you are.'
Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken-down property in the middle of a desert. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls, forced to wear strange uniforms, their heads shaved, guarded by two inept yet vicious armed jailers and a 'nurse'.
The girls all have something in common, but what is it? What crime has brought them here from the city? Who is the mysterious security company responsible for this desolate place with its brutal rules, its total isolation from the contemporary world? Doing hard labour under a sweltering sun, the prisoners soon learn what links them: in each girl's past is a sexual scandal with a powerful man. They pray for rescue - but when the food starts running out it becomes clear that the jailers have also become the jailed. The girls can only rescue themselves.
The Natural Way of Things is a gripping, starkly imaginative exploration of contemporary misogyny and corporate control, and of what it means to hunt and be hunted. Most of all, it is the story of two friends, their sisterly love and courage.
With extraordinary echoes of The Handmaid's Tale and Lord of the Flies, The Natural Way of Things is a compulsively readable, scarifying and deeply moving contemporary novel. It confirms Charlotte Wood's position as one of our most thoughtful, provocative and fearless truth-tellers, as she unflinchingly reveals us and our world to ourselves.
'It’s rare to pick up a novel and from the opening pages be not only gripped by the story on the page but also by the keenness of the intelligence and audacity of the imagination at work ... one hell of a novel by one of our most original and provocative writers.' - Stephen Romei, The Weekend Australian
'The Natural Way of Things is a virtuoso performance, plotted deftly through a minefield of potential traps, weighted with allegory yet swift and sure in its narrative advance. As an idea for a novel, it’s rich, and to achieve that idea the writer has been courageous. Her control of this story is masterful.' - Rosemary Sorensen, The Sydney Review of Books
'This is an extraordinary novel: inspired, powerful, at once coherent and dreamlike ... The Natural Way of Things recalls all the reading you've ever done on the subjects of capture, isolation, incarceration, totalitarianism, misogyny, and the abuse of power. It's thought-provoking in all directions.'- Kerryn Goldsworthy, The Sydney Morning Herald / The Age
'Riveting ... the kind of book you inhale in a sitting. It leaves you woozy and disoriented, surprised to find yourself in mundane surroundings rather than sweltering in the desert heat'- The Saturday Paper
'A work that will haunt the reader with its poetry and the stark truths buried within Wood’s brilliant exploration of a toxic culture in extremis.' - - Portia Lindsay, The Australian
'A unique and hypnotising work ... an unforgettable story. Wood is a gifted and inventive writer whose characters shock and surprise. Five stars.' - Anastasia Gonis, Good Reading magazine
‘A fully imagined dystopian parable, vivid, insightful, the voices of young women echoing through the gum trees...’- Joan London, author of The Golden Age
‘You won’t read another book like it this year. Or ever.’- Tegan Bennett Daylight, author of Six Bedrooms
‘Few other novels have captured the stain of misogyny quite like Charlotte Wood's The Natural Way of Things. Wood's is a tale of survival in a world where captivity takes many forms; where power is a negotiation not just between prisoner and persecutor but of how far some women are willing to go in order to be free. Terrifying, remarkable and utterly unforgettable.’ – Clementine Ford
‘Charlotte Wood's book is a howl of despair and fury; but it is also that most rare and powerful of creations, a dystopian fiction that is perfectly judged, the writing controlled, the narrative engrossing and the language both searing and sensual. You can't shake off this novel, it gets under your skin, fills your lungs, breaks your heart. As allegory, as a novel, as vision and as art it is stunning.’ - Christos Tsiolkas, author of Barracuda
‘There are so many layers at play in Charlotte Wood’s extraordinary new novel, The Natural Way of Things, and around its taut and razor-sharp nightmare is the implicit awfulness of everything not quite said, not quite presented, not quite explained. This is a stunning exploration of ambiguities – of power, of morality, of judgment. With a fearless clarity, Wood’s elegantly spare and brutal prose dissects humanity, hatreds, our ambivalent capacities for friendship and betrayal, and the powerful appearance – always – of moments of grace and great beauty. The book’s ending undid me through the shape of the world it reveals as much as its revisions of escape and survival. It will not leave you easily; it took my breath away.’- Ashley Hay, author of The Railwayman’s Wife
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. www.charlottewood.com.au
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