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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (589 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Austin Clarke Narrator: Robin Miles Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Winner of both the Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, The Polished Hoe is acclaimed author Austin Clarke’s masterpiece. On a Caribbean island in the 1950s, elderly Mary Gertrude Mathilda commits murder. As she explains herself to police, her story exposes the ugly underbelly of life on Caribbean plantations, with its slavery and brutality. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 2002 Trillium Book Award
  • Winner of the 2003 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sonia Haynes | 2/16/2014

    " Loved The Polished Hoe. Austin Clarke wove a story that kept my face glued to the pages of the book. It is a story woven in the tradition of the storytellers of old. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Teresa | 2/15/2014

    " When I began reading this book, I was excited. Very interesting. Then, before long, I grew bored. By the end of the book, I couldn't wait to be finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Glenda Quinn | 2/13/2014

    " Potential to be GREAT but way too much detail. Powerful story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Carol Mason | 1/25/2014

    " Don't waste your time! Can't believe this won awards. Very hard to follow who is talking and whether they are talking about current or past (or imagined) events. "

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About the Author

Austin Clarke is a professor of literature and has taught at Yale, Brandeis, Williams, Duke, and the Universities of Texas and Indiana. He assisted in setting up a black studies program at Yale in 1968, after which he became the cultural attaché of the Embassy of Barbados in Washington, DC. Culminating with the international success of The Polished Hoe, which won the Giller Prize, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and Trillium Prize, his work since 1964 includes nearly a dozen novels, several short-story collections, and a few memoirs. He lives in Toronto.