The Colin Roderick Award and the HT Priestley medal are presented to the 'best original book' published in Australia in the previous calendar year which deals with any aspect of Australian life.
Josephine Wilson's Extinction is this years winner and is also the winner of the 2017 Miles Franklin Award.
Extinctions is the story of Professor Frederick Lothian, retired engineer, world expert on concrete, and connoisseur of modernist design, now retired and self quarantined by moving into to a retirement village. Fredericks wife, Martha has died and both his two adult children are lost to him in their own ways. Frederick is determined to be miserable surrounded by objects he has collected over many years. When a series of unfortunate events forces him and his neighbour Jan together, he begins to realise the damage done by the accumulation of a lifetimes of secrets and lies and to comprehend his own short comings. Finally, Frederick has the opportunity to build something meaningful for the ones he loves.
Extinctions is a novel about all kinds of extinction - natural, racial, national, and personal and what we can do to prevent them.
You can find Extinctions on our library catalogue, leave a comment below about what you thought about this award winning book.