33 The Natural Way of Things: Charlotte Wood in conversation with Aislinn Hunter
They don't have a “hottest book of the year” award in Australia (yet) but if they did this year it would go to Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of Things. It has already won two of Australia's most prestigious literary awards and is shortlisted for the Miles Franklin. The novel, centred on a group of young women who are drugged, kidnapped and imprisoned in a facility somewhere in the desert, explores misogyny, corporate control and being visible and female in Western society. “It’s the hardest book I’ve ever written,” says Wood. “At one point I cried and told my friends I couldn’t do it.” Come and hear what all of Australia is talking about.