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The Pages,

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The highly anticipated new novel from the award-winning author of Eucalyptus First thing in the morning she would sit down and begin the task. It was a privilege to be allowed into the mind of another person, the life work of another. She was curious to see what he had thought, what he had found. Already she respected his effort. It would have been difficult to sustain across pages, the many years, the isolation, the heat, perhaps the silence. At dawn, two women leave Sydney to drive over the Blue Mountains, into the dry outback landscape and the home of the late philosopher Wesley Antill. A man who thought his name too light for a philosopher, and his ears outlandish. Erica, a philosopher herself, has been asked by her university to review Wesley's work, to read his notes-the pages. They are as Wesley left them, unread, untouched, at the rural property run by Wesley's sister Lindsey and brother Roger. Sophie, a psychologist whose professional skills in listening seem to be confined to her patients, accompanies her friend, painting her toenails in the passenger seat and reeling off her opinions of the various qualities of her current man. At the homestead, Roger Antill manages the feed, water, fencing, and shearing requirements of 10,000 merinos, and Lindsey dresses in dark velvet for dinner. And the pages, far from lying in ordered in a philosopher's study, are piled amongst handfuls of wool, wheat sacks and a discarded bottle of tomato sauce in the woolshed.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 144 x 217 x 24mm | 366g
  • Text Publishing Co
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 1921351462
  • 9781921351464

Review quote

"One of the great and most surprising courtships in literature."-Michael Ondaatje "A most unusual, enchanting work . . . a novel of most beguiling originality."-"Daily Telegraph"show more

About Murray Bail

Murray Bail was born in Adelaide in 1941. Homesickness, his first novel, won the National Book Award for Australian Literature and the Melbourne Age Book of the Year Award. Holden's Performance, first published in 1988, won the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction. Eucalyptus was the winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Murray Bail's non-fiction includes an acclaimed monograph on the work of the painter Ian Fairweather and Longhand, A Writer's Notebook.show more

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190 ratings
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4 21% (40)
3 41% (78)
2 22% (42)
1 9% (18)
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