If you’re sad that W.G. Sebald only managed to complete four novels” in his lifetime, and you’ve read them all and you wish there were more, read Belomor An excellent, excellent book.’Conversational Reading
From exquisitely shaped nuggets of art history to suggestive character studies of eccentrics and esoteric quests [Belomor] turns on the idea there is an underlying structure and pattern that will reveal itself in only the rarest of conditions; to devote one’s life to looking for it is both the inescapable fate and probable curse of the true thinker.’Times Literary Supplement
'Rothwell's writing resists easy description. He roams the borderlands between memoir and fiction and insinuates himself into gaps between time and place...His prose is lush and often beautiful.'The Australian on Belomor
A remarkable work, tinged with sadness and verging on poetry, tempered now and then with humour and authentic historical insight.'The Age on Belomor
Quicksilver begins with the contemplation of a lizard in the outback desert, but quickly moves to the Russia of Tolstoy and Gorky, and on to other lands and times, bringing into play universal questions about the essential nature of the human condition. In Quicksilver’s six eloquent essays Rothwell’s chief subject is always the Australian inlandits silent, timeless and utterly mysterious heart.
Nicolas Rothwell attended boarding schools in Europe, and graduated from Oxford. He was a foreign correspondent reporting from the Americas, the Pacific and Europe, latterly during the Yugoslav conflict. Since the 1990s he has worked for The Australian newspaper.
I Into the Red
II Quicksilver - Reflections
III Words and Nature
IV The Mirror that Creates - Australia Imagined in Western Eyes
V What Lies Beyond Us
VI The Gleam of the Outsider - Or, Seeing with Wide Eyes
Winner, Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, Non-Fiction, 2017
‘Rothwell’s prose is lucid and absorbing. His enterprise is abundantly subjective; this is its purpose and its strength…Rothwell draws his reader into a shadowy and beautiful realm of thought.’ —Times Literary Supplement
- Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, Non-Fiction