Shortlisted for the 2020 Stella Prize

The Weekend – Charlotte Wood

Fiction · Allen & Unwin

The Weekend

About the book

“This is a funny and honest, thoughtful and real book and there isn’t a hint of pity in the unveiling of the story.”

– 2020 Stella Prize Judges

Charlotte Wood

About the author

Charlotte Wood

Charlotte Wood is the author of six novels and two books of non-fiction. Her new novel is The Weekend, published in Australia in 2019, the US and UK in 2020.

Her previous novel, The Natural Way of Things, won the 2016 Stella Prize, the 2016 Indie Book of the Year and Novel of the Year, was joint winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction and was the University of Canberra Book of the Year for 2019.

Her non-fiction works include The Writer’s Room, a collection of interviews with authors about the creative process, and Love & Hunger, a book about cooking. Her features and essays have appeared in The New York TimesThe GuardianLiterary HubThe Sydney Morning Herald and The Saturday Paper among other publications.

In 2019 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant services to literature, and was named one of the Australian Financial Review‘s 100 Women of Influence.

Further Reading


“Wood’s disarming lightness of tone also teases the women’s many foibles, dancing between empathic close-up and wry distance.” Susan Wyndham, The Guardian.

“For Jude, Wendy and Adele, the sense of possibility, of opening up, of not being done yet, does not disappear with age – and why would it?” Sophia Barnes, Sydney Review of Books.


Listen to Astrid Edwards’ interview with Charlotte Wood on The Garret.

Read a short interview with Charlotte Wood for a favourite line of her book The Weekend.

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