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Winner of the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award
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.
©2016 Josephine Wilson (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
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2 out of 5 stars
By Tracey on 10-29-17

A man analysing his past and realising stuff......dreadfully slowly,

I'm not sure what to say about this book. It is well written and the narrator has a very pleasant voice, but the story goes along like a slow plod through a muddy field lugging a suitcase. I caught myself zoning in and out but when I rewound I realised I hadn't missed anything. I couldn't really like the characters enough to care one way or another about their "angst" and every thing from a broken cup to reminiscing about the death of loved was delivered with the same depth of emotion. I kept listening and waiting for it to step into another gear or for something uplifting to happen but it just didn't.

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By Anna on 11-20-17

Very good work Josephine Wilson

The main character starts out as a grumpy and disengaged man, but an honest and straight talking neighbour triggers some frightening realisations and a good attempt to make amends. His is an interesting back story and family dynamic, but now his respectable academic career is a distant memory and his personal short comings are suddenly obvious. There are awkward and funny moments that made me laugh out loud. William McInnes has a beautiful voice and he does old man Frederick brilliantly.

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By Roslyn on 11-10-17

A wonderful read

A beautifully written and insightful book which explores many different issues including ageing and extinction. The characters are so very real and much of what they deal with is very confronting. William McInnes is simply brilliant!

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