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The Natural Way of Things named 2019 UC Book of the Year

1 November 2018: A book touted as ‘Handmaid’s Tale for the 21st Century’ that follows the story of a group of young women being held captive in the Australian desert, will be announced as the University of Canberra Book of the Year for 2019 tomorrow.

  • Media opportunity: A 4m x 3m banner of the book will be unveiled outside the Library (Building 8) revealing the 2019 UC Book of the Year. Author Charlotte Wood will be in attendance.

The UC Book Project, now in its seventh year, provides a book to all commencing students and staff at the University with the aim to generate conversation and engagement within the community.

The Natural Way of Things, by Charlotte Wood, was the winner of the Stella Prize in 2016 and has gripped readers with its provocative exploration of contemporary misogyny.

It was chosen as the 2019 UC Book of the Year by a panel of experts including Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Nick Klomp, University of Canberra Distinguished Professor Jen Webb, University Librarian Christian West, author Craig Cormick and PhD student Ian McHugh.

Professor Klomp hopes that the book with engage a wide audience with its universal themes of power, morality, judgement and friendship.

“The themes, language and flow of The Natural Way of Things are enthralling, and I have no doubt that students and staff will be glued to the story as soon as they turn the first page,” Professor Klomp said.

“The Book of the Year is a fantastic initiative that has shown to be growing in popularity each year. It builds a feeling of community and connectedness between disciplines and faculties – no matter what you choose to study, you can have a common talking point with everyone on campus.”

  • Professor Klomp is available for interview.

WHAT: The reveal of the 2019 UC Book of the Year
WHEN: Thursday 1 November, 10.00am – 11.00am
WHERE: Library foyer, Building 8, University of Canberra (campus map)

Contact the University of Canberra media team:
Andy Visser
0414 260 417

Tara Corcoran
0418 806 293