A World of Other People

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HarperCollins Publishers, 2015 - Man-woman relationships - 288 pages
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Cinematic, intense and unflinching, A WORLD OF OTHER PEOPLE is a supremely life-affirming evocation of love in war time, when every decision, and every day, matters.

Joint winner of the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award (with Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan), A WORLD OF OTHER PEOPLE is a life-affirming evocation of love in war time, when every decision, and every day, matters.

Set in 1941 during the Blitz, Steven Carroll's cinematic new novel traces the love affair of Jim, an Australian pilot in Bomber Command, and Iris, a forthright young Londoner, finding her voice as a writer. Haunted by secrets and malign coincidence, the couple struggles to build a future free of society's thin-lipped disapproval. Iris shares rooftop firewatching duties with the poet tS Eliot, who unwittingly seals their fate with his famous verse 'Little Gidding'.

Miles Franklin Award-winning author Steven Carroll has produced a delicate yet unflinching piece of historical fiction that captures quiet romance in the midst of great unrest.

A WORLD OF OTHER PEOPLE is a companion novel to Carroll's earlier novel THE LOST LIFE.

'This is a memorable book; a moving love story, and a troubled reflection on the relationship between war and words ... Carroll has created, with delightful ingenuity, a rich and layered work.' The Weekend Australian

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A young Australian pilot has been injured as a result of crash-landing his bomber after a raid during the early stages of WW2. All of his crew died, either before or immediately after the landing, and ... Read full review

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Steven Carroll is a long-term admirer of T S Eliot and has already won praise for his adaption of Eliot's poem `Burnt Norton' in an earlier novel, The Lost Life. In his new book, Carroll transforms ... Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Steven Carroll was born in 1949 in Melbourne, Victoria. He studied at La Trobe University. He has taught English at secondary school level, and drama at RMIT. He has been Drama Critic for The Sunday Age newspaper in Melbourne. Steven Carroll is now a full-time writer living in Melbourne. He will be speaking at the inaugural History Writers' Festival April 2015 in Melbourne. His title's include Remember Me, Jimmy james, The Lovers' Room, The Love Song Song of Lucy McBride and A World of Other People. He will be featured at the Mudgee Readers' Festival 2015. He made the finalist for the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2015. He also made the Victorian Premier¿s Literary Awards 2016 shortlist in the Fiction category.

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