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|Publisher||Harvill Press, London|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|LC Class||PR9619.3.J6863 S59 2004|
The novel explores the themes of the family relationships, marriage, death and loss.
"For my brothers, Peter and Kevin Jones."
- Man Booker Prize, 2004: longlisted
- Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, Fiction, 2004: winner
- Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, Premier's Prize, 2004: winner
- Commonwealth Writers Prize, South East Asia and South Pacific Region, Best Book, 2005: commended
- Miles Franklin Literary Award, 2005: shortlisted
- New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, 2005: shortlisted
- Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, 2005
- The Age Book of the Year Award, Fiction Prize, 2005: winner
- Victorian Premier's Literary Award, The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, 2005: shortlisted
- South Australia Premier's Awards Fiction, 2006: winner
- South Australia Premier's Awards Best Overall Published Work, 2006: winner
- International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2006: longlisted
- This novel was translated for Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and German editions.
- "The Age" 
- "The Asian Review of Books" 
- "Australian Book Review" 
- "The Guardian" 
- "The Telegraph" 
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