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              Books by Ceridwen Dovey

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              Life After Truth
               

              Life After Truth (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Dovey, Ceridwen

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              • Pub Date
                3 Nov 20

              Fifteen years after graduating from Harvard, five close friends on the cusp of middle age are still pursuing an elusive happiness and wondering if they've wasted their youthful opportunities. Jules, already a famous actor when she arrived on campus, is changing in mysterious ways... but won't share what is haunting her. Mariam and Rowan, who married young, are struggling with the demands of family life and starting to regret prioritising meaning over wealth in their careers. Eloise, now a professor who studies the psychology of happiness, is troubled by her younger wife's radical politics. And Jomo, founder of a luxury jewellery company, has been carrying an engagement ring around for months, unsure whether his girlfriend is the one. The soul searching begins in earnest at their much-anticipated college reunion weekend on the Harvard campus, when the most infamous member of their class, Frederick - senior advisor and son of the recently elected and loathed US President - turns up dead. Old friends often think they know everything about one another, but time has a way of making us strangers to those we love - and to ourselves . . .
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              ISBN 9781760895365
              Published AU 3 Nov 2020
              Publisher Penguin
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              Only the Animals

              Only the Animals (Paperback)

              By Dovey, Ceridwen

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              Exquisitely written, playful and poignant, Only the Animals is a remarkable literary achievement by the award-winning Ceridwen Dovey, one of our brightest young writers. Perhaps only the animals can tell us what it is to be human. The souls of ten animals caught up in human confl...icts over the last century tell their astonishing stories of life and death. In a trench on the Western Front a cat recalls her owner Colette's theatrical antics in Paris. In Nazi Germany a dog seeks enlightenment. A Russian tortoise once owned by the Tolstoys drifts in space during the Cold War. In the siege of Sarajevo a bear starving to death tells a fairytale. And a dolphin sent to Iraq by the US Navy writes a letter to Sylvia Plath ...Exquisitely written, playful and poignant, Only the Animals is a remarkable literary achievement by one of our brightest young writers. An animal's-eye view of humans at our brutal, violent worst and our creative, imaginative best, it asks us to find our way back to empathy not only for animals, but for other people, and to believe again in the redemptive power of reading and writing fiction. 'Only the Animals is mesmerizing and exhilarating, funny and moving. It has elements of strangeness and greatness, like Kafka. Dovey's exquisitely drawn creatures grapple nobly with their animal natures, a genius point of view from which to illuminate how we humans - ostensibly conscious and verbal - are trapped in ours. This book feels like a major mind announcing itself.' Anna Funder 'The life stories related by these very civilized animals are in some cases touching (the elephant), in others amusing (the mussel), but all are absorbing. They are transmitted to us with a light touch and no trace of sentimentality.' J.M. Coetzee 'An audacious work of the imagination ...An extraordinary series of fabulist tales ...The yarns are funny, tragic, smart, arch, poignant and playful all at once.' The Saturday Age 'The emotional heat here is pitched at Bunsen burner blue - har
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              ISBN 9780143573012
              Published AU 25 Feb 2015
              Publisher Penguin
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              In the Garden of the Fugitives

              In the Garden of the Fugitives (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Dovey, Ceridwen

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              Almost twenty years after forbidding him to contact her, Vita receives an email from Royce. Once, he was her benefactor and she was one of his brightest protUgUs. Now Royce is ailing and Vita's career has stalled, and both have a need to settle accounts. Beyond their shared, murk...y history, both have lost beloveds, one to a strange disappearance, another to an untimely death. And both are trying to free themselves from deeper pasts - Vita from the inheritance of her birthplace, Royce from the bodies that lie in the ancient city of Pompeii, and the secrets of the Garden of the Fugitives. Between what's been repressed and what has been excavated are disturbances that reach back through decades, even centuries. Profoundly addictive and unsettling, In the Garden of the Fugitives is a masterpiece of duplicity and counterplay, as brilliantly illuminating as it is surprising - about the obscure workings of guilt in the human psyche, the compulsion to create and control, and the dangerous morphing of desire into obsession. It is the breakthrough work of one of Australia's most exciting emerging writers.
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              ISBN 9781926428598
              Published AU 26 Feb 2018
              Publisher Penguin
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              Inner Worlds Outer Spaces: The working lives of others

              Inner Worlds Outer Spaces: The working lives of others (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Dovey, Ceridwen

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              What does it feel like to be passionate about your daily work? How do people find their way into fascinating, unusually fulfilling careers, even against the odds? Space lawyers and bibliotherapists; euthanasia activists and women's rugby champions; shark experts and solar power v...isionaries; a master perfumer and a moon dust maven, among many others. What all of these people have in common is the courage to pursue their dreams and obsessions, no matter how niche or particular, and transform them into their life's work. In the process, they've enacted lasting change in the world around them. Delving into the working lives of others for publications as diverse as newyorker.com, The Monthly and WIRED, Ceridwen Dovey's inquisitive, thoughtful approach has allowed her to explore fields of knowledge and expertise that are often inaccessible to outsiders. The resulting profiles are a celebration of the extraordinary and meaningful work done by those on paths less travelled.
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              ISBN 9781760895389
              Published AU 3 Dec 2019
              Publisher Penguin
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              On JM Coetzee: Writers on Writers

              On JM Coetzee: Writers on Writers (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Dovey, Ceridwen

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              'I was born in the year J.M. Coetzee published his third novel, Waiting for the Barbarians. My mother read this dark, disturbing book with its multiple scenes of torture as she breastfed me at night, while my older sister slept and the house was quiet. It was 1980. The apartheid ...government had declared a state of emergency in the face of growing internal revolt, and my parents were thinking of leaving South Africa again.' For Ceridwen Dovey, J.M. Coetzee 'has always been there, an unseen but strongly felt presence in our small family drama'. As a child, she observed with fascination her mother's immersion in Coetzee's writing as she worked on what would become the first critical study of his early novels. Even now, as a writer herself, Ceridwen's relationship with Coetzee's books is still mediated by her mother's readings of them- to get to him, she must first step through her mother's formidable mind. With tenderness and insight, Dovey draws on this personal history to explore the Nobel Prize-winner's work - how his books 'do theory' on themselves - while also tracing the intellectual heritage that has been passed from mother to daughter. In the Writers on Writers series, leading writers reflect on another Australian writer who has inspired and fascinated them. Provocative, crisp and written from a practitioner's perspective, the series starts a fresh conversation between past and present, writer and reader. It sheds light on the craft of writing, and introduces some intriguing and talented authors and their work. Published by Black Inc. in association with the University of Melbourne and State Library Victoria. Also available in the Writers on Writers series Alice Pung on John Marsden Erik Jensen on Kate Jennings Christos Tsiolkas on Patrick White Nam Le on David Malouf (forthcoming) Michelle de Kretser on Shirley Hazzard (forthcoming)
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              ISBN 9781760640613
              Published AU 1 Oct 2018
              Publisher Black Inc
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              Blood Kin

              Blood Kin (Paperback)

              By Dovey, Ceridwen

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              Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize A chef, a portraitist and a barber are taken hostage in a coup to overthrow their boss, the president of a nameless country. They are held captive in a palatial retreat in the mountains high above the capital city. Meanwhile, the chef's daug...hter, the portraitist's pregnant wife and the barber's lover watch their men from the shadows - for in such precarious times, intimate relationships are as dangerous as political ones. As the old order falls, so does the veil that hides the truth about the secret passions of these men and women. Drawing her readers masterfully towards the novel's devastating climax, Ceridwen Dovey reveals how humanity's most atavistic impulses - vanity, vengeance and greed - seethe, relentlessly, just beneath the surface of everyday life. 'In this elegantly structured debut novel ...in lively, straightforward prose, Dovey gets to the heart of the complicit nature of the master-servant relationship, in which 'power and desire couple effortlessly.' ' The New Yorker 'The prose is sensuous and restrained, the gaze piercing and relentless. Dovey exposes not only the arrogance of power, but also the human heart's dark adoration of the powerful.' Hisham Matar, The Observer 'A fable of the arrogance of power, beneath whose dreamlike surface swirl currents of complex sensuality.' J.M. Coetzee 'A precise and terrifying debut novel ...Dovey's ultimate lesson, that nature and mankind abhor a power vacuum, may be a bleak one, but she presents her case so meticulously and relentlessly that you've got to respect her authority.' New York Times 'A lovely, haunting novel, written with great care and precision. Working on the level of allegory, with a careful consideration of history and myth, Ceridwen Dovey has fashioned a really fine debut.' Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin 'Taut and remarkably self-assured ...there's a knowing sensuality to the novel's sparsely lyric passages ...Impressive.' Los Angeles Time
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              ISBN 9780143573470
              Published AU 23 Sep 2015
              Publisher Penguin
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              Inner Worlds, Outer Spaces
               

              Inner Worlds, Outer Spaces (Audio CD / Audio, Unabridged edition)

              Read by Dovey, Ceridwen

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              Space lawyers and bibliotherapists; euthanasia activists and women's rugby champions; shark experts and solar power visionaries; a master perfumer and a moon dust maven, among many others. What all of these people have in common is the courage to pursue their dreams and obsession...s, no matter how niche or particular, and transform them into their life's work. In the process, they've enacted lasting change in the world around them. Delving into the working lives of others for publications as diverse as newyorker.com, The Monthly and WIRED, Ceridwen Dovey's inquisitive, thoughtful approach has allowed her to explore fields of knowledge and expertise that are often inaccessible to outsiders. The resulting profiles are a celebration of the extraordinary and meaningful work done by those on paths less travelled.
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              ISBN 9780655648017
              Published AU 3 Dec 2019
              Publisher Bolinda Publishing
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              Blood Kin
               

              Blood Kin (Audio CD / Audio, Unabridged edition)

              By Dovey, Ceridwen; Read by Bower, Humphrey; Wren, Edwina

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              Shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2006/2007. A president has been overthrown by a military coup in a nameless country in an unspecified era. The president's barber, chef, and portraitist are imprisoned, with many others, in a remote palace in the hills high above the ...city center. Before the coup, these three men worked with unquestioning loyalty, serving the president in seemingly benign jobs. Now, forced to serve the country's new leader, they begin to reconsider their role in the old regime. In simple, elegant prose Blood Kin alternates between the voices of the barber, the chef, and the portraitist. Later in the book their wives, lovers, and daughters tell their own tales. As the old order falls, so does the veil that hides the truth about these men and women's secret passions. No one, it seems, is entirely immune to the many temptations of power. Ceridwen Dovey's debut is a welcome addition to the important tradition of allegorical writing about political upheaval and personal guilt. Her clever, magnetic story will resonate with fans of J. M. Coetzee, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. A fable of the arrogance of power, beneath whose dreamlike surface swirl currents of complex sensuality. - JM Coetzee, Nobel prize-winning author of Disgrace. This is an unflinching and poignant work that exposes man's limitations and vulnerabilities in the face of absolute power. It has about it something of the splendor and inevitability of a myth. Like all wonderful books, it has always been there, waiting for its author to arrive. And, thankfully for us, she has come. - Hisham Matar, author of In the Country of Men (shortlisted for 2006 Man Booker). A lovely, haunting novel, written with great care and precision. Working on the level of allegory, with a careful consideration of history and myth, Ceridwen Dovey has fashioned a really fine debut. - Colum McCann, author of international bestsellers This Side of Brightnes
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              ISBN 9781742014920
              Published AU 1 Jun 2008
              Publisher Bolinda Publishing
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              In The Garden Of The Fugitives

              In The Garden Of The Fugitives (Audio disc / Other, Unabridged edition)

              By Dovey, Ceridwen; Read by English, Paul; Maselli McGrail, Gabriella

              • RRP: $39.99
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              Almost 20 years after forbidding him to contact her, Vita receives an email from her old benefactor, Royce. Once, she was one of his brightest protegees; now her career has stalled and Royce is ailing, and each has a need to settle accounts. Beyond their murky shared history, bot...h have lost beloveds, one to an untimely death, another to a strange disappearance. And both are trying to free themselves from deeper pasts, Vita from the inheritance of her birthplace, Royce from the grip of the ancient city of Pompeii and the secrets of the Garden of the Fugitives. Between what's been repressed and what has been excavated are disturbances that reach back through decades, even centuries. Addictive and unsettling, In the Garden of the Fugitives is a masterpiece of duplicity and counterplay, as brilliantly illuminating as it is surprising - about the obscure workings of guilt in the human psyche, the compulsion to create, and the dangerous morphing of desire into control. It is the breakthrough work of one of Australia's most exciting emerging writers.
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              ISBN 9780655602019
              Published AU 28 Apr 2019
              Publisher Bolinda Publishing
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              In The Garden Of The Fugitives
               

              In The Garden Of The Fugitives (Audio CD / Audio, Unabridged edition)

              By Dovey, Ceridwen; Read by English, Paul; Maselli McGrail, Gabriella

              • RRP: $39.99
              • $33.99
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              Almost 20 years after forbidding him to contact her, Vita receives an email from her old benefactor, Royce. Once, she was one of his brightest protegees; now her career has stalled and Royce is ailing, and each has a need to settle accounts. Beyond their murky shared history, bot...h have lost beloveds, one to an untimely death, another to a strange disappearance. And both are trying to free themselves from deeper pasts, Vita from the inheritance of her birthplace, Royce from the grip of the ancient city of Pompeii and the secrets of the Garden of the Fugitives. Between what's been repressed and what has been excavated are disturbances that reach back through decades, even centuries. Addictive and unsettling, In the Garden of the Fugitives is a masterpiece of duplicity and counterplay, as brilliantly illuminating as it is surprising - about the obscure workings of guilt in the human psyche, the compulsion to create, and the dangerous morphing of desire into control. It is the breakthrough work of one of Australia's most exciting emerging writers.
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              ISBN 9780655602002
              Published AU 28 Apr 2019
              Publisher Bolinda Publishing
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