Publisher's synopsis

This masterpiece of Australian fiction was written by Randolph Stow when he was just twenty-two. It won for him the coveted Miles Franklin Award and the Gold Medal of the Australian Literature Society. A work of mesmerising power, against a background of black-white fear and violence, To the Islands journeys towards the strange country of one man’s soul. Set in the desolate outback landscape of Australia’s north-west, the novel tracks the last days of a worn-out Anglican missionary. Fleeing his mission after an agonising confrontation, he immerses himself in the wilderness, searching for the islands of death and mystery.


  • Winner 1958 Miles Franklin Award
  • Winner 1959 ALS Gold Medal

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