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Issue Details: First known date: 2003 2003
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'Lowell tries not to think about the past, about the hijacking that killed his mother. Samantha, on the other hand, cannot let go. As a child she survived the hijacking of Air France 64, and as an adult she obsessively digs for answers, seeking a man called Salamander whom she believes holds key information.

'It is the death of Lowell's father, and his legacy of a blue sports bag crammed with documents and videotapes, that finally brings Lowell and Samantha together and unravels the interconnections between victims and perpetrators, saved and damned.

'But in this murky world of endless aliases and surveillance, who can be trusted? When does the quest for truth become a dangerous obsession? And what difference can the truth make?

'Janette Turner Hospital has crafted a taut and confronting novel that propels us into the chaos of terror and the cruelty - and unexpected hope - of survival. ' (Publication summary)

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  • Epigraph:

    I have often asked myself what I mean by preparations for the plague...and I think that preparations for the plague are preparations for death. But what is it to make preparations for death? or what preparations are proper to be make for death?

    –Daniel Defoe, Due Preparations for the Plague (1722)

    To state quite simply what we learn in a time of pestilence: that there are more things to admire in men than to despise.

    –Albert Camus, The Plague.

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      Series: y Modern Australian Classics A & R Modern Australian Classics Sydney South : HarperCollins , 2014- 7434666 2014 series - publisher
Alternative title: Dernieres recommandations avant la peste
Language: French

Works about this Work

Due Preparations for Paradise : or, The Plague Now According to Hany Abu-Assad and Janette Turner Hospital Helga Ramsey-Kurz , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Engaging with Literature of Commitment : The Worldly Scholar (Volume 2) 2012; (p. 217-230)
Book Review – Due Preparations for the Plague by Janette Turner Hospital Joanne Peulen , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Booklover Book Reviews 2012;

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel
An Interview with Janette Turner Hospital Pradeep Trikha (interviewer), 2010 single work interview
— Appears in: Lemuria , vol. 3 no. 2010; (p. 50-64)
Reconfiguring 'Asian Australian' Writing : Australia, India and Inez Baranay Paul Sharrad , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 70 no. 3 2010; (p. 11-29)
y Rainforest Narratives : The Work of Janette Turner Hospital David Callahan , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2009 Z1611963 2009 single work criticism

'Rainforests evoke vivid imagery; the profusion of intertwined trees and undergrowth both invites and confounds exploration. Acclaimed writer Janette Turner Hospital conjures up a rainforest for readers by weaving threads of connection and meaning into a labyrinth of characters and plot lines. From The Ivory Swing to Orpheus Lost, Hospital's award-winning novels and short stories have challenged and intrigued readers for over twenty-five years. Hospital's books tackle complex themes of dislocation, identity, ethics and the nature of reality, wrapping around a reader like rainforest creepers, remaining attached long after the last page is turned.

In this groundbreaking work of literary criticism, David Callahan signposts and analyses the major themes scattered throughout Janette Turner Hospital's writing. Rainforest Narratives is the perfect companion to her fiction for readers and scholars alike.' -- Publisher description.

Government, Media and Power : Terrorism in the Australian Novel Since 9/11 Nathanael O'Reilly , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: From Solidarity to Schisms : 9/11 and After in Fiction and Film from Outside the US 2009; (p. 295-315)
This chapter examines three Australian novels published since 2001 that address the effects of terrorism on both Australian and Western society: Janette Turner Hospital's Due Preparations for the Plague (2003), Andrew McGahan's Underground (2006), and Richard Flanagan's The Unknown Terrorist (2007). Despite the variety of settings that the novels utilize, they all demonstrate the pervasiveness of terrorism as a dominant political and cultural issue in Australian society since 9/11. Moreover, the novels reveal the relationship between governments and the media, and critique the way that both use terrorism to maintain and expand their power. Turner Hospital's Due Preparations for the Plague, set in the United States, France, and Iraq, examines terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism, national security, intelligence failures, government coverups, and media manipulation. McGahan and Flanagan both set their novels in Australia after 9/11 and focus on the nation's responses to acts of domestic terrorism seemingly perpetrated by Islamist extremists. Both novels depict governments that have become increasingly totalitarian, ruling societies driven by fear and paranoia. In McGahan's and Flanagan's novels, the government's response to 9/11 and domestic terrorism is to attempt to exert total control over society; however, in the process, the government, rather than terrorism, becomes the primary threat to Western civilization. Due Preparations for the Plague, Underground, and The Unknown Terrorist all expose and interrogate the interdependent relationship between governments, the media, and terrorism, while critiquing the use of terrorism by governments and the media to exert, maintain, and increase power. (Author's abstract)
Realigning the Spiritual Compass : Representations of Terrorism in Some Recent Australian Fiction Xavier Pons , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia , vol. 1 no. 2009; (p. 23-24)
'This article examines how terrorism is represented in three Australian novels, Janette Turner Hospital's Due Preparations for the Plague (2003) and Orpheus Lost (2007), and Richard Flanagan's The Unknown Terrorist (2006). It argues that, despite their ostensible topic, the novels tend to ignore or distort the reality of terrorism and its causes. Flanagan is more interested in the way some individuals and groups exploit the fear of terrorism to achieve their own ends, while Turner Hospital creates a paranoid world which does not allow any real understanding of what terrorism is about. The social preoccupations in the three novels, insightful as they are, remain largely disconnected from terrorism.' Source: Xavier Pons.
'No Place for a Woman' : A Brief Tour of Janette Turner Hospital's Writing Paul Sharrad , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Women's Writing in English : India and Australia 2008; (p. 1-16)
A Wilderness of Mirrors: Perspectives on 'the Spying Game' in Australian Literature Bruce Bennett , 2007-2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Zeitschrift fur Australienstudien , no. 21-22 2007-2008; (p. 10-21)
'The principal focus of this paper is on four novels by Australians published from the 1990s which engage significantly with 'the spying game': Ric Throssells' In a Wilderness of Mirrors (1992), Frank Moorhouse's Grand Days (1993), Christopher Koch's Highways to a War (1996) and Janette Turner Hosptial's Due Preparations for the Plague (2003). Each of these novels throws light ... on the profession of espionage and its impact on individuals. A picture emerges of mobile, trans-national individiuals engaged in clandestine activity which tests their intelligence, commitment and conscience and brings into question the causes they support.' (p.10)
The 'God Itch' : An Interview with Janette Turner Hospital Donald J. Greiner (interviewer), 2007 single work interview
— Appears in: Critique : Studies in Contemporary Fiction , Summer vol. 48 no. 4 2007; (p. 331-343)
Author Janette Turner Hospital discusses her work, including her motivation to write A Very Proper Death and her reason for using a pseudonym. She also comments on her [then] upcoming novel Orpheus Lost.
In the Shadows: The Spy in Australian Literary and Cultural History Bruce Bennett , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 20 no. 1 2006; (p. 28-37)
Examines espionage in Australian history, and discusses the influence of espionage on Australian writers and literature.
Due Preparations for the Plague: Globalisation, Terror and the Ethics of Alterity M. Dolores Herrero , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 28 no. 1 2006; (p. 25-43)
Untitled Melinda Price Wiltshire , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Antigonish Review , Autumn vol. 147 no. 2006; (p. 101-103)

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel
Ecological Crisis and Australian Literary Representation Emily Potter , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , December no. 37 2005;
Editor's note: Emily Potter develops a critical analysis of contemporary Australian literature. She reappraises this literature in light of its subtle and powerful consideration of the fate of Earth.
The Many Circles of Hell: Dante's Legacy in Janette Turner Hospital's Literary Thrillers Tully Barnett , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Flinders Dante Conferences 2002 & 2004 2005; (p. 190-199)
One Book One Brisbane Rosemary Cameron , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 February 2005; (p. 6)

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel
Due Reparations Deborah Bogle , 2004 single work biography
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 16 March vol. 122 no. 6412 2004; (p. 70-71)
Reading Groups and Creative Writing Courses : The Year's Work in Fiction Susan Lever , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 49 no. 2004; (p. 164-175)
Proceedings of the Phoenix Club Lorna Gibb , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 2 January no. 5257 2004; (p. 20)

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel
Page Turner Phil Brown , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 31 March - 6 April no. 484 2004; (p. 10-11)

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel ; North of Nowhere South of Loss Janette Turner Hospital 2003 selected work short story
The Real Terror Is Just Beginning Liam Davison , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10-11 May 2003; (p. 15)

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel
Disaster Just Around the Corner Sandra McLean , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 May 2003; (p. 6)

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel
Home Grown Heroes Peter Pierce , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 27 May vol. 121 no. 6374 2003; (p. 44)

— Review of Shanghai Dancing Brian Castro 2003 single work novel ; The Pirate Queen Alan Gold 2003 single work novel ; Fantastic Street David Kelly 2003 single work novel ; The Snow Queen : A Novel Mardi McConnochie 2003 single work novel ; Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel
Echoes of the Darkness of September 11 Lorien Kaye , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 31 May 2003; (p. 3)

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel
Loading the Dice Brenda Niall , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 252 2003; (p. 38)

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel
Janet Turner Hospital's Literary Thriller Sue Lovell , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , vol. 15 no. 1 2003;

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel
Confronting Destruction John McLaren , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 173 2003; (p. 102-103)

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel ; North of Nowhere South of Loss Janette Turner Hospital 2003 selected work short story ; The Goose Pam Skutenko 2002 single work novel
Untitled Jan Harrow , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Feminist Studies , November vol. 18 no. 42 2003; (p. 328-329)

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel
Proceedings of the Phoenix Club Lorna Gibb , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 2 January no. 5257 2004; (p. 20)

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel
Page Turner Phil Brown , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 31 March - 6 April no. 484 2004; (p. 10-11)

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel ; North of Nowhere South of Loss Janette Turner Hospital 2003 selected work short story
A Timely Tale of Terrorism Nathanael O'Reilly , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 18 no. 1 2004; (p. 88-89)

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel
Untitled Carolyn Bliss , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: World Literature Today , May-August vol. 78 no. 2 2004; (p. 78-79)

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel
One Book One Brisbane Rosemary Cameron , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 February 2005; (p. 6)

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel
Untitled David Callahan , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Studies , Summer vol. 18 no. 1 2003; (p. 231-233)

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel
Untitled Melinda Price Wiltshire , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Antigonish Review , Autumn vol. 147 no. 2006; (p. 101-103)

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel
Untitled William May , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Asian Review of Books

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel
Book Review – Due Preparations for the Plague by Janette Turner Hospital Joanne Peulen , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Booklover Book Reviews 2012;

— Review of Due Preparations for the Plague Janette Turner Hospital 2003 single work novel
Into the Garden of Evil Sally Blakeney , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 April 2003; (p. 6-7)
Return of the Nomad Sharon Verghis , 2003 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 May 2003; (p. 6)
Good, Evil and the Survival Instinct Jennifer Moran , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 31 May 2003; (p. 3a)
A Plague on All Houses Chris Brice , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 31 May 2003; (p. 12-13)
The Thrills in Turner Hospital Jane Sullivan , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 31 May 2003; (p. 3)
Due Reparations Deborah Bogle , 2004 single work biography
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 16 March vol. 122 no. 6412 2004; (p. 70-71)
Reading Groups and Creative Writing Courses : The Year's Work in Fiction Susan Lever , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 49 no. 2004; (p. 164-175)
The Human Spirit Lucy Clark , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: Herald Sun , 28 June 2003; The Daily Telegraph , 31 May 2003; (p. 38)
In the Shadows: The Spy in Australian Literary and Cultural History Bruce Bennett , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 20 no. 1 2006; (p. 28-37)
Examines espionage in Australian history, and discusses the influence of espionage on Australian writers and literature.
Ecological Crisis and Australian Literary Representation Emily Potter , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , December no. 37 2005;
Editor's note: Emily Potter develops a critical analysis of contemporary Australian literature. She reappraises this literature in light of its subtle and powerful consideration of the fate of Earth.
The Many Circles of Hell: Dante's Legacy in Janette Turner Hospital's Literary Thrillers Tully Barnett , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Flinders Dante Conferences 2002 & 2004 2005; (p. 190-199)
Due Preparations for the Plague: Globalisation, Terror and the Ethics of Alterity M. Dolores Herrero , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 28 no. 1 2006; (p. 25-43)
A Wilderness of Mirrors: Perspectives on 'the Spying Game' in Australian Literature Bruce Bennett , 2007-2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Zeitschrift fur Australienstudien , no. 21-22 2007-2008; (p. 10-21)
'The principal focus of this paper is on four novels by Australians published from the 1990s which engage significantly with 'the spying game': Ric Throssells' In a Wilderness of Mirrors (1992), Frank Moorhouse's Grand Days (1993), Christopher Koch's Highways to a War (1996) and Janette Turner Hosptial's Due Preparations for the Plague (2003). Each of these novels throws light ... on the profession of espionage and its impact on individuals. A picture emerges of mobile, trans-national individiuals engaged in clandestine activity which tests their intelligence, commitment and conscience and brings into question the causes they support.' (p.10)
'No Place for a Woman' : A Brief Tour of Janette Turner Hospital's Writing Paul Sharrad , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Women's Writing in English : India and Australia 2008; (p. 1-16)
y Rainforest Narratives : The Work of Janette Turner Hospital David Callahan , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2009 Z1611963 2009 single work criticism

'Rainforests evoke vivid imagery; the profusion of intertwined trees and undergrowth both invites and confounds exploration. Acclaimed writer Janette Turner Hospital conjures up a rainforest for readers by weaving threads of connection and meaning into a labyrinth of characters and plot lines. From The Ivory Swing to Orpheus Lost, Hospital's award-winning novels and short stories have challenged and intrigued readers for over twenty-five years. Hospital's books tackle complex themes of dislocation, identity, ethics and the nature of reality, wrapping around a reader like rainforest creepers, remaining attached long after the last page is turned.

In this groundbreaking work of literary criticism, David Callahan signposts and analyses the major themes scattered throughout Janette Turner Hospital's writing. Rainforest Narratives is the perfect companion to her fiction for readers and scholars alike.' -- Publisher description.

Book 'Due Preparation for the Plague' Explores Death, Terrorism Eleanor Hall (interviewer), 2003 single work interview
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , May 2003;
The 'God Itch' : An Interview with Janette Turner Hospital Donald J. Greiner (interviewer), 2007 single work interview
— Appears in: Critique : Studies in Contemporary Fiction , Summer vol. 48 no. 4 2007; (p. 331-343)
Author Janette Turner Hospital discusses her work, including her motivation to write A Very Proper Death and her reason for using a pseudonym. She also comments on her [then] upcoming novel Orpheus Lost.
Government, Media and Power : Terrorism in the Australian Novel Since 9/11 Nathanael O'Reilly , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: From Solidarity to Schisms : 9/11 and After in Fiction and Film from Outside the US 2009; (p. 295-315)
This chapter examines three Australian novels published since 2001 that address the effects of terrorism on both Australian and Western society: Janette Turner Hospital's Due Preparations for the Plague (2003), Andrew McGahan's Underground (2006), and Richard Flanagan's The Unknown Terrorist (2007). Despite the variety of settings that the novels utilize, they all demonstrate the pervasiveness of terrorism as a dominant political and cultural issue in Australian society since 9/11. Moreover, the novels reveal the relationship between governments and the media, and critique the way that both use terrorism to maintain and expand their power. Turner Hospital's Due Preparations for the Plague, set in the United States, France, and Iraq, examines terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism, national security, intelligence failures, government coverups, and media manipulation. McGahan and Flanagan both set their novels in Australia after 9/11 and focus on the nation's responses to acts of domestic terrorism seemingly perpetrated by Islamist extremists. Both novels depict governments that have become increasingly totalitarian, ruling societies driven by fear and paranoia. In McGahan's and Flanagan's novels, the government's response to 9/11 and domestic terrorism is to attempt to exert total control over society; however, in the process, the government, rather than terrorism, becomes the primary threat to Western civilization. Due Preparations for the Plague, Underground, and The Unknown Terrorist all expose and interrogate the interdependent relationship between governments, the media, and terrorism, while critiquing the use of terrorism by governments and the media to exert, maintain, and increase power. (Author's abstract)
An Interview with Janette Turner Hospital Pradeep Trikha (interviewer), 2010 single work interview
— Appears in: Lemuria , vol. 3 no. 2010; (p. 50-64)
Reconfiguring 'Asian Australian' Writing : Australia, India and Inez Baranay Paul Sharrad , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 70 no. 3 2010; (p. 11-29)
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