|Publisher||Vintage Books, Australia|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
"For my brothers, Scott and Tony."
The novel follows the lives of four protagonists - Pearl, Anna, Sonia and Adam - who have all been touched by grief and despair. Suffering alone they are all drawn together by a tragic event.
- International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2008: longlisted 
- Commonwealth Writers Prize, South East Asia and South Pacific Region, Best Book, 2007: shortlisted
- Miles Franklin Literary Award, 2007: shortlisted
- Orange Prize for Fiction (UK), 2007: longlisted
- New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, 2007: shortlisted
- Nita Kibble Literary Award, 2007: winner
- Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA), Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year, 2007: shortlisted
- The Age Book of the Year Award, Fiction Prize, 2007: shortlisted
- Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, Fiction, 2006: shortlisted
- Colin Roderick Award, 2006: winner
References may be found on the individual award pages.
Rachel Slater in Australian Women's Book Review noted: "Death and grief are central to this novel, and in particular the concept of public versus private grief and the questions around how art can deal with a subject of such magnitude...Careless offers an intimate yet shared portrayal of grief in all its complexities and reminds us that our promises of care can never really be kept."
- [v National Library of Australia - Careless by Deborah Robertson]
- Impac 2008 Longlist Archived May 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- "The (Un)recovered" by Rachel Slater, Australian Women's Book Review, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2008
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