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A Sand Archive: Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2019

A Sand Archive: Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2019

A sweeping and humane novel of Sebaldian scope and power - the story of a man's life, the obsession which consumed him, all reconstructed from the prodigious archive he left behind...

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ISBN 9781760552145
Barcode 9781760552145
Published 24 April 2018 by Pan Macmillan
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Day, Gregory
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ISBN-13 9781760552145
ISBN-10 1760552143
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador Australia
Publication Date 24 April 2018
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Day, Gregory
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 154mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 24mm
Weight 404g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 911370

Description of this Book

Long before I ever met him I knew his name from the leaky dessicated type of a grey-brown slim volume, cheaply printed but essential to my research... Seeking stories of Australia's Great Ocean Road, a young writer stumbles across a small, technical manual from a minor player in the road's history: Dune Stabilisation and Other Engineering Difficulties by FB Herschell. It is a volume unremarkable in every way, save for the surprising portrait of its author that can be read between its lines: a vision of a man who writes with uncanny poetry about sand. And as he continues to mine the archive of FB Herschell - engineer, historian, philosopher - it is not the subject, but the man who begins to fascinate. A man whose private revolution among the streets of Paris and dunes of France begins to change the way he sees Australia's most famous coastal road...

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Awards Short-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2019

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Author's Bio

Gregory Day is a winner of the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, the Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize and the Manly Artist Book Award. He lives in south-west Victoria, Australia.

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