Questions of Travel

Questions of Travel

Michelle De Krester


A mesmerising literary novel, Questions of Travel charts two very different lives. Laura travels the world before returning to Sydney, where she works for a publisher of travel guides. Ravi dreams of being a tourist guide until he is driven from Sri Lanka by devastating events. Around these two superbly drawn characters, a double narrative assembles an enthralling array of people, places and stories – from Theo, whose life plays out in the long shadow of the past, to Hana, an Ethiopian woman determined to reinvent herself in Australia.





Read half of it, enjoyed it. Parallel stories, quite interesting a nice read.

A worthy book, too many themes, too many characters; enjoyed the prose various quotes from book.

Ready only 200 pages excellent characterisation. Tourism and travel. Took a while to get into. I think I will finish it. Shows how people can change from travel.

Did not read, only 100 pages, did not enjoy.

Did not read, started and could not get into.

Did not read

Read by – The First Wednesday Book Group


2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards


Michelle De Kretser’s book – Questions of Travel was awarded three prizes:

Book of the Year ($10,000)
Christina Stead Prize for Fiction ($40,000)
Community Relations Commission Award for a Multicultural NSW Award $20,000) – joint winner










People’s Choice: The Railwayman’s Wife, Ashley Hay (Allen & Unwin)


Miles Franklin Award Winner

The Sri Lanka born author Michelle de Kretser has won this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award. Her book ‘Questions of travel’ has been decided from all female writers’ shortlist for its “witty and poignant observations” in the vivid language to deal with many issues that Australian society concerned, such as home and away, travel and tourism, refugees and migrants. Continue reading