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Title:
The World Beneath
Written by:
Cate Kennedy 
Read by:
Julie Nihill 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
11 
Duration:
12 hours 2 minutes 
Published:
November 01 2010 
Available Date:
November 01 2010 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781742675282 
Genres:
Fiction; Australian Fiction; Literary Fiction 
Publisher:
ABC Audio 
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Shortlisted Australian Book Industry Award / Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2010
Shortlisted NSW Premier's Literary Awards / Christina Stead Prize for Fiction 2010
Winner NSW Premier's Literary Awards / People's Choice Award for Fiction 2010
Shortlisted Barbara Jefferis Award 2010
Winner AudioFile Earphones Award 2011

"An intelligent modern Australian novel, displaying that fine eye for unexpected humour and everyday tragedies that made Kennedy’s stories so appealing."
Australian Bookseller+Publisher

"A brilliant storyteller."
Gail Jones

The most anticipated debut novel of the year.

Once, Rich and Sandy were environmental activists, part of a world-famous blockade in Tasmania to save the wilderness. Now, twenty-five years later, they have both settled into the uncomfortable compromises of middle age - although they’ve gone about it in very different ways. About the only thing they have in common these days is their fifteen-year-old daughter, Sophie. When the perennially restless Rich decides to take Sophie, whom he hardly knows, on a trek into the Tasmanian wilderness, his overconfidence and her growing disillusion with him set off a chain of events that no one could have predicted. Instead of respect, Rich finds antagonism in his relationship with Sophie; and in the vast landscape he once felt an affinity with, he encounters nothing but disorientation and fear. Ultimately, all three characters will learn that if they are to survive, each must traverse not only the secret territories that lie between them but also those within themselves.

"When the inner lives of ordinary people are made gripping and moving and enlightening, then you know you are in the hands of a great storyteller."
The Sunday Telegraph

"The World Beneath’ is a bracing, unsentimental and often very funny full-length debut."
The Guardian

"An intelligent, equivocal, unusual and often amusing novel, one that comprehends the comfort of stereotypes and pushes beyond them."
Sydney Morning Herald