About the author

Gabrielle Carey is the author of novels, biography, autobiography, essays, articles and short stories.

She teaches writing at the University of Technology, Sydney, where her infatuation with Randolph Stow is happily tolerated. Her most recent book was the memoir, The Waiting Room (2009).

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About the book

As her mother Joan 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 he left for England and a life of self-imposed exile. With only a few pieces of correspondence to guide her, Gabrielle embarks on a journey from the red-dirt landscape of Western Australia to the English seaside town of Harwich in a quest to understand her family's past and Stow's place in it.

Book cover. Moving Among Strangers by Gabrielle Carey

University of Queensland Press

Judges' Comments

Gabrielle Carey's Moving Among Strangers is a beautifully written account of the relationship between the Geraldton-born writer and poet Randolph Stow and the author's family.

Part biography and part memoir, Carey's book gives fresh insights into her late parents Alex Carey and Joan Ferguson and traces the author's own intellectual development over the decades.

Moving Among Strangers also reveals the alienation of the expatriate Randolph Stow.