About the author

Fiona Wright

About the book

Judges' report

The World Was Whole, Fiona Wright’s second collection of essays, is a taut and expansive mix of everyday observations, cultural theory, social commentary and memoir. Thematically linked with Wright’s earlier work – dealing as it does with issues of sickness – The World Was Whole weaves ordinary day-to-day issues with philosophical musings.

Throughout this collection, Wright reflects on the idea of home, hunger and eating, on travel, pets, routine and the cost of housing, on the weather and bushfires, and many more contemporary issues. With passionate attention, she ruminates on the need for routine and change, and delves deeply into issues of identity and its connection to place.

Wright’s voice, beautifully suited to the essay form, is profoundly moving and personal as she probes and analyses. This collection, which ends on an overwhelmingly upbeat and positive note, gives luminous insight into the mind of an extraordinarily talented poet and thinker. In doing so, it gently prods us towards a clearer and more compassionate way of thinking.

Further reading


‘This exquisite book challenges us to think about how we inhabit the world, by making its invisible structures vividly visible.’ Jo Case, Sydney Morning Herald

‘Wright has made poetry out of her habits in these pages; she’s made a kind of home out of words.’ The Saturday Paper


Read ‘Finding home: Fiona Wright on The World Was Whole’ in Books+Publishing

Read Fiona Wright on The World Was Whole in Guardian Australia

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