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The Idea of Perfection – 2001 Winner

Kate Grenville

The Idea of Perfection is a funny and touching romance between two people who've given up on love. Set in the eccentric little backwater of Karakarook, New South Wales, pop. 1374, it tells the story of Douglas Cheeseman, a gawky engineer with jug-handle ears, and Harley Savage, a woman altogether too big and too abrupt for comfort.

Harley is in Karakarook to foster 'Heritage', and Douglas is there to pull down the quaint old Bent Bridge. From day one, they're on a collison course. But out of this unpromising conjunction of opposites, something unexpected happens: sometimes even better than perfection.

2001 Judges

  • Emily Perkins
  • Kate Adie OBE
  • Rosie Boycott (Chair)
  • Rachel Holmes
  • Suzanne Vega