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Text Publishing Company, May 16, 2010 - Fiction - 432 pages
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Homesickness, Murray Bail's brilliant first novel, won the 1980 National Book Council Award and the Age Book of the Year Award.

Thirteen men and women, married and single, happy and sad, visit various countries and museums, hotels and shops. They are like tourists anywhere, except that wherever they go-Africa, England, South America, New York or Russia-they find nothing is as it seems. Challenged by unexpected propositions, differences and subtleties of life and history, Bail's tourists are in turn repelled, attracted, altered.

'Bail is one of the very few highly accomplished stylists among contemporary writers.' Sydney Morning Herald

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User Review  - oldblack - LibraryThing

I'm interested in people, their relationships, and what makes them work at an emotional level. Unfortunately there's none of that in this bizarre, pretentious and now somewhat dated work. Here's a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amzzz - LibraryThing

13 Australian travellers embark on a tour together. The book covers how they get to know each other as well as the places they visit. A good concept but got so boring at times. Second last chapter written in first person was an interesting, but random change. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Born in Adelaide in 1941, Murray Bail now lives in Sydney. Bail’s short stories have been published widely both in Australia and the UK, and have appeared in the New Yorker magazine. His first novel, Homesickness (1980), won two major literary awards: the National Book Council Award for Australian literature and the Age Book of the Year Award. His much-loved novel Eucalyptus was the winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and The Miles Franklin Award. His most recent, acclaimed books are Holden's Performance and The Pages.

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