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Issue Details: First known date: 2015 2015
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'She hears her own thick voice deep inside her ears when she says, 'I need to know where I am.' The man stands there, tall and narrow, hand still on the doorknob, surprised. He says, almost in sympathy, 'Oh, sweetie. You need to know what you are.'

'Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken-down property in the middle of a desert. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls, forced to wear strange uniforms, their heads shaved, guarded by two inept yet vicious armed jailers and a 'nurse'. The girls all have something in common, but what is it? What crime has brought them here from the city? Who is the mysterious security company responsible for this desolate place with its brutal rules, its total isolation from the contemporary world? Doing hard labour under a sweltering sun, the prisoners soon learn what links them: in each girl's past is a sexual scandal with a powerful man. They pray for rescue - but when the food starts running out it becomes clear that the jailers have also become the jailed. The girls can only rescue themselves.

'The Natural Way of Things is a gripping, starkly imaginative exploration of contemporary misogyny and corporate control, and of what it means to hunt and be hunted. Most of all, it is the story of two friends, their sisterly love and courage.

'With extraordinary echoes of The Handmaid's Tale and Lord of the Flies, The Natural Way of Things is a compulsively readable, scarifying and deeply moving contemporary novel. It confirms Charlotte Wood's position as one of our most thoughtful, provocative and fearless truth-tellers, as she unflinchingly reveals us and our world to ourselves.' (Publication summary)

Adaptations

form y The Natural Way of Things Australia : 2017 9270594 2017 single work film/TV

Planned as a micro-budget feature film adaptation, the film is the work of independent producers Katia Nizic and Emma Dockery.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2015 .
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      Extent: 320p.
      Note/s:
      • Published October 2015
      ISBN: 9781760111236
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
      :
      Europa Editions , 2016 .
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      Extent: 230p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published June 28, 2016
      ISBN: 9781609453626

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Response to Misogyny Wins Stella for Women's Writing Jason Steger , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 20 April 2016; (p. 13)
2016 Stella Prize: Charlotte Wood's The Natural Way of Things Wins $50,000 Award 2016 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , 20 April 2016;
'Author Charlotte Wood has taken home $50,000 after winning the Stella Prize for her novel The Natural Way of Things ...'
Charlotte Wood's Passionate Response to Misogyny Wins the Stella Prize Jason Steger , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 19 April 2016;
'... Charlotte Wood, whose most recent novel, The Natural way of Things, on Tuesday won the Stella Prize for writing by Australian women, is sure writing it changed her. ...'
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Miles Franklin Shortlist: Four Melbourne Novelists Join Charlotte Wood Jason Steger , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 29 May 2016;
'Four authors who have never previously featured in the latter stages of the Miles Franklin Literary Award have made their way onto the shortlist for Australia's premier literary prize. ...'
Pleasures in Listening Amanda Ellis , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 21 June 2016; (p. 6)
'Talking books lover Amanda Ellis explores a journey from cassettes to Kindle read-alouds.'
What Does Everyone Have against Speculative Fiction? Sarah Fallon , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , June 2016;
Horror in the Outback : Jane Harper, Charlotte Wood and the Landscape of Fear Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 19 October 2016;
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Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2016 : Judges Split Three of the $80,000 Prizes Jason Steger , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 8 November 2016;
'Two years ago there was quite a kerfuffle when Tony Abbott intervened at the last moment to ensure the Prime Minister's Literary Award for fiction was shared between the novelist the judges had selected, Steven Carroll, and the PM's captain's pick, Richard Flanagan. ...'
Gutsy Novel About Misogyny a Winner Susan Wyndham , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 March 2016; (p. 17)

— Review of The Natural Way of Things Charlotte Wood 2015 single work novel

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A Ragged Pair of Claws Stephen Romei , 2015 single work column
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— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 26-27 September 2015; (p. 24) The Sydney Morning Herald , 26 September 2015; (p. 24-25)
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Best Reads – End of Story Deborah Bogle , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 20 December 2015; (p. 24)
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— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 19 December 2015;
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— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 September 2015; (p. 25)

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— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , October 2015;

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— Appears in: The Advertiser , 10 October 2015; (p. 28)

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— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 376 2015; (p. 51)

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— Appears in: Good Reading , October 2015; (p. 42)

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Gutsy Novel About Misogyny a Winner Susan Wyndham , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 March 2016; (p. 17)

— Review of The Natural Way of Things Charlotte Wood 2015 single work novel

'Much admired and shortlisted, Charlotte Wood often hears herself described as an "award-winning novelist". But until now her modest wins were an unpublished manuscript prize for her first novel and the people's prize in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards for her fourth. That changed on Wednesday when The Natural Way of Things, her gutsy fifth novel, about misogyny, was chosen by staff of independent bookshops as both the best fiction and overall best book of the year at the Indie Book Awards - the first national awards of the year...' (Susan Wyndham).

Charlotte Wood, The Natural Way of Things DV , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 3 October 2015;

— Review of The Natural Way of Things Charlotte Wood 2015 single work novel
Review : The Natural Way of Things Jennifer Osborn , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 8 no. 2 2016;

— Review of The Natural Way of Things Charlotte Wood 2015 single work novel
June in Fiction Michalia Arathimos , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , June 2016;

— Review of The Natural Way of Things Charlotte Wood 2015 single work novel ; What the Light Hides Mette Jakobsen 2016 single work novel ; Our Magic Hour Jennifer Down 2016 single work novel
A Ragged Pair of Claws Stephen Romei , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 5-6 September 2015; (p. 17)
Interview : Charlotte Wood Susan Wyndham (interviewer), 2015 single work interview
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 26-27 September 2015; (p. 24) The Sydney Morning Herald , 26 September 2015; (p. 24-25)
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Best Reads – End of Story Deborah Bogle , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 20 December 2015; (p. 24)
Miles Franklin Award Longlist 2016 : Five Out of Nine Nominees Are Women Steph Harmon , single work column Includes The 2016 Miles Franklin longlist
A Fierce Response to Misogyny Wins the Stella Prize Jason Steger , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 April 2016; (p. 6)
Response to Misogyny Wins Stella for Women's Writing Jason Steger , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 20 April 2016; (p. 13)
2016 Stella Prize: Charlotte Wood's The Natural Way of Things Wins $50,000 Award 2016 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , 20 April 2016;
'Author Charlotte Wood has taken home $50,000 after winning the Stella Prize for her novel The Natural Way of Things ...'
Charlotte Wood's Passionate Response to Misogyny Wins the Stella Prize Jason Steger , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 19 April 2016;
'... Charlotte Wood, whose most recent novel, The Natural way of Things, on Tuesday won the Stella Prize for writing by Australian women, is sure writing it changed her. ...'
Giving Writers the Space to Create Offers Society the Possibility of Transformation Charlotte Wood , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 22 April 2016; (p. 15)
Books 2015 #1 AF , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 19 December 2015;
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— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 24 October 2015;
Enter Stella : On Why We Still Need Women-only Literary Prizes Natalie Kon-yu , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , May 2016;
Miles Franklin Shortlist Named 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Mercury , 30 May 2016; (p. 5)
'The shortlist for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award was announced in Sydney yesterday. ...'
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— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 29 May 2016;
'Four authors who have never previously featured in the latter stages of the Miles Franklin Literary Award have made their way onto the shortlist for Australia's premier literary prize. ...'
Pleasures in Listening Amanda Ellis , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 21 June 2016; (p. 6)
'Talking books lover Amanda Ellis explores a journey from cassettes to Kindle read-alouds.'
What Does Everyone Have against Speculative Fiction? Sarah Fallon , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , June 2016;
Horror in the Outback : Jane Harper, Charlotte Wood and the Landscape of Fear Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 19 October 2016;
'From Hanging Rock to Bitter Wash Road, the Australian bush has long provided writers with a backdrop of terror. A new wave of crime fiction is taking it up a notch.'
Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2016 : Judges Split Three of the $80,000 Prizes Jason Steger , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 8 November 2016;
'Two years ago there was quite a kerfuffle when Tony Abbott intervened at the last moment to ensure the Prime Minister's Literary Award for fiction was shared between the novelist the judges had selected, Steven Carroll, and the PM's captain's pick, Richard Flanagan. ...'
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