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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Extinctions
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'He hated the word ‘retirement’, but not as much as he hated the word ‘village’, as if ageing made you a peasant or a fool. Herein lives the village idiot.

'Professor Frederick Lothian, retired engineer, world expert on concrete and connoisseur of modernist design, has quarantined himself from life by moving to a retirement village. His wife, Martha, is dead and his two adult children are lost to him in their own ways. Surrounded and obstructed by the debris of his life – objects he has collected over many years and tells himself he is keeping for his daughter – he is determined to be miserable, but is tired of his existence and of the life he has chosen.

'When a series of unfortunate incidents forces him and his neighbour, Jan, together, he begins to realise the damage done by the accumulation of a lifetime’s secrets and lies, and to comprehend his own shortcomings. Finally, Frederick Lothian has the opportunity to build something meaningful for the ones he loves.

'Humorous, poignant and galvanising by turns, Extinctions is a novel about all kinds of extinction – natural, racial, national and personal – and what we can do to prevent them.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Christopher Hill, who understands.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crawley, Inner Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: UWA Publishing , 2016 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 286p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 20 December 2016
      ISBN: 9781742588988

Works about this Work

Heart-warming, Biting, Tragic, Funny: the Miles Franklin Shortlist Will Move You Jen Webb , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Conversation , 6 September 2017;

'The 2017 Miles Franklin Award winner will be announced tonight, but I’m not taking bets on who it’s likely to be. Each shortlisted novel is by a first-time nominee. Each is of satisfyingly high literary quality and very different in voice, logic, focus and story.' (Introduction)

Extinctions by Josephine Wilson Wins the 2017 Miles Franklin Award Stephanie Honor Convery , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 7 September 2017;

'Wilson, the 60th winner of Australia’s most high-profile literary prize for fiction, says ‘it’s not the sort of thing I ever imagined would happen to me’'

Blow After Blow Gillian Dooley , 2017 single work essay review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , January-February no. 388 2017; (p. 28)

'Extinctions takes its time giving up its secrets, and there are some we will never know. One of its most persistent enigmas is what kind of book it is. I wondered, during the first half, whether it was a powerful and perceptive example of the Bildungsroman for seniors: an elderly person (usually male) meets someone new who teaches him to be a better person, to pay attention to the important things in life, to treat those he loves properly, to reconcile himself to his past – in short, to grow up'

(Introduction)

Extinctions Given New Lease of Life Amanda Ellis , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 23 February 2016; (p. 6)
Review : Extinctions LS , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 26 November 2016;

— Review of Extinctions Josephine Wilson 2016 single work novel
Review : Extinctions LS , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 26 November 2016;

— Review of Extinctions Josephine Wilson 2016 single work novel
Extinctions Given New Lease of Life Amanda Ellis , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 23 February 2016; (p. 6)
Blow After Blow Gillian Dooley , 2017 single work essay review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , January-February no. 388 2017; (p. 28)

'Extinctions takes its time giving up its secrets, and there are some we will never know. One of its most persistent enigmas is what kind of book it is. I wondered, during the first half, whether it was a powerful and perceptive example of the Bildungsroman for seniors: an elderly person (usually male) meets someone new who teaches him to be a better person, to pay attention to the important things in life, to treat those he loves properly, to reconcile himself to his past – in short, to grow up'

(Introduction)

Extinctions by Josephine Wilson Wins the 2017 Miles Franklin Award Stephanie Honor Convery , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 7 September 2017;

'Wilson, the 60th winner of Australia’s most high-profile literary prize for fiction, says ‘it’s not the sort of thing I ever imagined would happen to me’'

Heart-warming, Biting, Tragic, Funny: the Miles Franklin Shortlist Will Move You Jen Webb , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Conversation , 6 September 2017;

'The 2017 Miles Franklin Award winner will be announced tonight, but I’m not taking bets on who it’s likely to be. Each shortlisted novel is by a first-time nominee. Each is of satisfyingly high literary quality and very different in voice, logic, focus and story.' (Introduction)

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