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Cover to Cover - Episode 33
Guest: Josephine Wilson

Josephine Wilson   Extinctions   

Book Review - Extinctions (UWA Publishing)

Josephine Wilson’s Extinctions, winner of the inaugural Dorothy Hewett Award, is an exciting sign of the quality of writing coming out of Western Australia. Beautifully nuanced in its characterisation, the novel follows Frederick Lothian, a retired Professor of concrete, as he slowly reaches a point of self-knowledge, recognising the cost of alienating oneself from life and loved ones. Wilson’s prose shifts seamlessly from playfulness to moments of painful intensity. The inclusion of images at key moments adds a poignancy and depth to Fred’s obsession with objects, and Wilson’s rich scene-work builds into a powerful portrayal of the realities of family life. This is wonderful writing.

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