The World Without Us

Winner Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2016

Shortlisted NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2016
Shortlisted The Stella Prize 2016
Shortlisted The Australian Book Industry Awards 2016
Shortlisted The Voss Literary Prize 2016
Longlisted International Dublin Literary Award 2016
Longlisted The Miles Franklin Literary Award 2016


…a revelation, a masterly story involving the refuge of silence, the fate of bees, and the shadows of old sins.

Alberto Manguel, Books of the Year 2015,  Australian Book Review


It has been six months since Tess Müller stopped speaking. Her silence is baffling to her parents, her teachers and her younger sister, but the more urgent mystery for both girls is where their mother, Evangeline, goes each day, pushing an empty pram and returning home wet, muddy and disheveled.Their father, struggling with his own losses, tends to his apiary and tries to understand why his bees are disappearing. But after he discovers a car wreck and human remains on their farm, old secrets emerge to threaten the fragile family.One day Tess’s teacher Jim encounters Evangeline by the wild Repentance River. Jim is in flight from his own troubles in Sydney, and Evangeline, raised in a mountain commune and bearing the scars of the fire that destroyed it, is a puzzle he longs to solve.

As the rainforest trees are felled and the lakes fill with run-off from the expanding mines, Tess watches the landscape of her family undergo shifts of its own.

Atmospheric, elegiac and gripping, The World Without Us, is a story of secrets and survival, family and community, loss and renewal.

Published by Bloomsbury Australia (2015),  UK and US (2016).

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…a bright, bracing marvel of a book…[Juchau's] prose, too, is a marvel of balance: witty and sensual, self-aware but not jaded, and capable of making poetry from anything…

Geordie Williamson, The Australian

Powerful and poetic… The unfolding of the truth, layer after layer, is superbly done; though this novel is too classy to pigeonhole as a thriller, it has all the pace and invention of the classic thriller. What makes it unforgettable is Juchau’s sensitive portrayal of a family poleaxed by grief.

Kate Saunders, The Times, UK

Juchau’s style is perfectly poised, elegant and restrained. Almost any page of this astonishing novel offers proof of a writer of great poetic power…an extraordinarily vivid novel, elegant, convincing, intelligent and profoundly moving.

Alberto Manguel, The Guardian

Meticulously researched and vividly described, The World Without Us is detailed and emotionally fraught, its portrait of love and loss possessing an almost timeless quality.

Guy Pewsey, The Independent

…the achievement of The World Without Us lies…in its suggestion that our relationship to a changed environment is today’s rather than tomorrow’s story.

Luke Brown, The Financial Times, UK

Juchau’s…is, obviously, a formidable talent that is capable of performing the literary alchemy of transforming what, with other writers, might have remained the dead weight of leaden formula fiction…Juchau’s achievement: the poise, wit, sensitivity and also the complexity of her writing. The World Without Us is an impressive, memorable novel, the work of a writer in command of her craft.

Andrew Riemer, Sydney Morning Herald

Juchau’s prose is a thing of wonder. It’s the perfect mix of poetry and restraint…In The World Without Us, Juchau treats us to the shadows of many souls. She reminds us that life itself has a force that is difficult to suppress.

The Saturday Paper

Wonderfully vivid writing and powers of description… Juchau has a lyrical style and a great appreciation of the natural world…The world emerges as a vast and bracing place, one that goes on—with or without us.

Sarah Gilmartin, Irish Times

From the opening pages of Mireille Juchau’s new novel…we know we are in the hands of a poetic writer in control of language and ready to invest every sentence with resonant detail…

Susan Lever, Australian Book Review

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