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Issue Details: First known date: 2013... 2013 The Night Guest
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'The debut of a major Australian writer, The Night Guest is a mesmerising novel about trust, love, dependence, and the fear that the things you think you know may become the things you're least sure about.

One morning an elderly widow called Ruth wakes thinking a tiger has been in her seaside house. Later that day a formidable woman called Frida arrives, looking as if she's blown in from the sea, but who has in fact come to care for Ruth.

Frida and the tiger: both are here to stay, and neither is what they seem. How far can Ruth trust them? And as memories of childhood in Fiji press upon her with increasing urgency, how far can she trust herself?

The Night Guest, Fiona McFarlane's hypnotic first novel, is no simple tale of a crime committed and a mystery solved. This is a tale that soars above its own suspense to tell us, with exceptional grace and beauty, about ageing, love, power and perception; about how the past can colonise the present, and about things (and people) in places they shouldn't be. Above all, it's a brilliantly involving story about two very particular women.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: For my parents

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2013 .
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      Extent: 304p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 21/08/2013
      ISBN: 9781926428550
    • London,
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      England,
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      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Sceptre ,
      2013 .
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      ISBN: 9781444776683, 1444776681
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2014 .
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      Extent: 288p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 23 July 2014
      ISBN: 9780143571339
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Faber ,
      2014 .
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      Extent: 241p.p.
      ISBN: 9780865477735, 0865477736, 9780865478169, 0865478163
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Sceptre ,
      2014 .
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      Extent: 1v.p.
      ISBN: 9781444776690, 144477669X
Alternative title: Noční host : román
Language: Czech
    • c
      Slovakia,
      c
      Eastern Europe, Europe,
      :
      c
      Czech Republic,
      c
      Eastern Europe, Europe,
      :
      Paseka ,
      2013 .
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      Extent: 262p.p.
      ISBN: 9788074323362, 8074323366

Other Formats

  • Also sound recording.
  • Also large print.

Works about this Work

Driving, Not Losing, the Plot : Narrative Patterns in Implicit and Explicit Fictional Representations of Dementia Malte Völk , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Open Cultural Studies , January vol. 1 no. 1 2017; (p. 55-65)

'This essay examines representations of dementia in literary works. It draws a distinction between those representations of dementia symptoms that can be understood as implicit and those that can be understood as explicit. Whereas implicit representations do not treat dementia as a distinct, clearly identified disorder, they nonetheless display a certain similarity to the explicitly medicalized discussion of dementia symptoms. This similarity lies in the fact that dementia symptoms are used to drive forward the narrative action. The essay traces this pattern by analysing different literary works with this feature in common and discusses the significance of this narrative’s dynamic potential for the plasticity of cultural narratives of dementia and old age.' (Publication abstract)

House Style Brigid Delaney , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 2 April 2016;
The Voss Literary Prize Celebrates a Fine New Australian Novel Anthony Uhlmann , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 21 November 2014;
In the Barbara Jefferis Award, a Novel about Sexual Desire among the Elderly Ties for First Prize Linda Morris , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7 November 2014; The Age , 7 November 2014; The Canberra Times , 7 November 2014;
Nicolette Stasko Reviews The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane and The Railwayman’s Wife by Ashley Hay Nicolette Stasko , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 74 no. 1 2014;

— Review of The Night Guest Fiona McFarlane , 2013 single work novel ; The Railwayman's Wife Ashley Hay , 2013 single work novel
Drift into Dotage Unleashes Strong Felines Ashley Hay , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 August 2013; (p. 19)

— Review of The Night Guest Fiona McFarlane , 2013 single work novel
Tiger Visits Come with Old Age James McNamara , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 27 August 2013; (p. 7)

— Review of The Night Guest Fiona McFarlane , 2013 single work novel
[Untitled] Catherine Ford , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , August no. 92 2013; (p. 56)

— Review of The Night Guest Fiona McFarlane , 2013 single work novel
The Night Guest Julie Thomson , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 21-22 September 2013; (p. 20)

— Review of The Night Guest Fiona McFarlane , 2013 single work novel
Fear and Menace Flourish in Dementia's Unreliable World Louise Swinn , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 October 2013; (p. 28-29)

— Review of The Night Guest Fiona McFarlane , 2013 single work novel
Interview : Fiona McFarlane Interview : Fiona McFarlane; A Journey through the Mind; The Mind Stalked by Time Marc McEvoy , 2013 single work interview
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 September 2013; (p. 32-33) The Canberra Times , 21 September 2013; The Age , 21 September 2013; (p. 28-29)
Memories and Memoirs are High on Stella's List Stephen Romei , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 21 March 2014; (p. 5)
Franklin Short List Revealed William Yeoman , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 20 May 2014; (p. 7)
In the Barbara Jefferis Award, a Novel about Sexual Desire among the Elderly Ties for First Prize Linda Morris , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7 November 2014; The Age , 7 November 2014; The Canberra Times , 7 November 2014;
The Voss Literary Prize Celebrates a Fine New Australian Novel Anthony Uhlmann , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 21 November 2014;
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