Gabrielle Carey

Moving Among Strangers


Moving Among Strangers

University of Queensland Press

'A small masterwork' - 2015 National Biography Award judges.

Winner: 2014 Prime Minister's Award for Non-Fiction

Shortlisted: 2015 National Biography Award

Finalist: 2014 Stella Award

As her mother lies dying, Gabrielle Carey writes a letter to Joan’s childhood friend, the reclusive novelist Randolph Stow. This letter sets in motion a literary pilgrimage that reveals long-buried family secrets. Like her mother, Stow had grown up in Western Australia. After early literary success and a Miles Franklin Award win in 1958 for his novel To the Islands, he left for England and a life of self-imposed exile.