Shortlist year: 
2016
Shortlist category: 
Fiction
Published by: 
Allen & Unwin

About the book

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
Winner

Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken-down property in the middle of nowhere. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls, guarded by two inept yet vicious armed jailers and a 'nurse'. Doing hard labour under a sweltering sun, the prisoners soon learn what links them—in each girl's past is a sex scandal with a powerful man. They pray for rescue—but when the food starts running out it becomes clear that the girls can only rescue themselves.