Charlotte Wood

Cooma, New South Wales, Australia


The Australian newspaper has described Charlotte Wood as "one of our most original and provocative writers.”

She is the author of five novels and a book of non-fiction. Her latest 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 longlisted for the Miles Franklin. It will be published in the UK and North America in 2016. Charlotte was also editor of the short story anthology Brothers and Sisters, and for three years edited The Writer's Room Interviews magazine. Her work has been shortlisted for various prizes including the Christina Stead, Kibble and Miles Franklin Awards. Two novels — The Child

Average rating: 3.57 · 11,056 ratings · 1,610 reviews · 23 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Natural Way of Things

3.55 avg rating — 9,052 ratings — published 2015 — 27 editions
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Animal People

3.67 avg rating — 708 ratings — published 2011 — 7 editions
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The Children

3.61 avg rating — 403 ratings — published 2007 — 3 editions
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The Submerged Cathedral

3.70 avg rating — 171 ratings — published 2004 — 2 editions
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Love and Hunger

4.05 avg rating — 129 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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The Writer's Room

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Brothers And Sisters

3.53 avg rating — 58 ratings — published 2009 — 3 editions
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Pieces Of A Girl

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The Best Australian Stories...

2.98 avg rating — 47 ratings — published 2016 — 4 editions
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Nanoparticles: Allen & Unwi...

3.91 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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“What would people in their old lives be saying about these girls? Would they be called missing? Would some documentary program on the ABC that nobody watched, or one of those thin newspapers nobody read, somehow connect their cases, find the thread to make them a story? The Lost Girls, they could be called. Would it be said, they 'disappeared', 'were lost'? Would it be said that they were abandoned or taken, the way people said a girl was attacked, a woman was raped, this femaleness always at the centre, as if womanhood itself were the cause of these things? As if the girls somehow, through the natural way of things, did it to themselves. They lured abduction and abandonment to themselves, they marshalled themselves into this prison where they had made their beds, and now, once more, were lying in them.”
Charlotte Wood, The Natural Way of Things

“To create is to defy emptiness. It is generous, it affirms. To make is to add to the world, not subtract from it.”
Charlotte Wood

“She had once told him that as soon as you placed your hands upon a stranger, they begin to talk. Everybody found it so, she said: hairdressers, nurses, nuns. It was dangerously easy to give in: human defences dissovled at another person's touch.”
Charlotte Wood, Animal People


What should be our April Group Read? (Literary Award Winners)

White Teeth by Zadie Smith (Commonwealth Writers Prize)
  20 votes 22.0%

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Costa Book Award)
  14 votes 15.4%

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
  12 votes 13.2%

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Anisfield-Wolf Award)
  9 votes 9.9%

The Giver by Lois Lowry (Newbery Medal)
  8 votes 8.8%

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Man Booker Prize)
  7 votes 7.7%

  4 votes 4.4%

Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner (Man Booker Prize)
  4 votes 4.4%

Small Island by Andrea Levy (Orange Women's Prize for Fiction)
  3 votes 3.3%

  3 votes 3.3%

The Sari Shop by Rupa Bajwa (Grinzane Cavour Best Young Author)
  3 votes 3.3%

Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm (Locus, Hugo, and Jupiter awards)
  2 votes 2.2%

The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny (Anthony Award, Agatha Award)
  2 votes 2.2%

91 total votes

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