UWA Read

This year, UWA Read will offer all commencing students a free copy of Josephine Wilson’s Extinctions, published by UWA Publishing and winner of the 2017 Miles Franklin Award among several other prestigious prizes.

Set largely on and around a version of our very own campus, the novel asks questions about how to be human in a world facing change. Darkly funny, with an unusual central character, Extinctions is an exploration into ideas of family, adoption, belonging, identity and indigeneity. Ultimately, it tackles living, loving, and the pressures of extinction in the Anthropocene world. Find a review of the novel here.

Josephine Wilson is a Western Australian writer and academic, living in Perth. She wrote the first draft of this novel at UWA as part of her PhD in Creative Writing/English. Her work is beautifully crafted, intelligent and wonderfully engaging.

With UWA Read, you’ll join a community of readers and thinkers. You’ll have the chance to participate in conversations and competitions, meet the author, and be part of some amazing on-campus events. Be part of the community with the UWA Read discussion group on the UWA app, with the latest updates and podcasts from our own academics.

Download your Extinctions e-book from the links below.

If you’d like a hard copy, send us an e-mail to via the link below:

Request hard copy of Extinctions

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