A Far Country (novel)

A Far Country
Book Cover of A Far Country by Winston Churchill.jpg
Original edition of the novel from 1915
AuthorWinston Churchill
IllustratorHerman Pfiefer
CountryUnited States
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Pages509 pp

A Far Country is a novel by American writer Winston Churchill published in 1915.

Plot introduction

The book follows the career of Hugh Paret from youth to manhood, and how his profession as a corporation lawyer gradually changes his values.[1]

The title is a reference to the Parable of the Prodigal Son,[2] where Luke 15:13 (KJV) provides that the son went "into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living."


The book received positive reviews,[3] and was the second best-selling novel in the United States in 1915.[4]


  1. ^ Hawthorne, Hildegarde (16 June 1915). WINSTON CHURCHILL'S STORY OF AMERICA; In His Latest Novel, "A Far Country," the Problems That Beset Democracy Are Skillfully Handled and an Optimistic View of the National Future Is Given, The New York Times
  2. ^ 25 April 1915). NEWS OF BOOKS; Mr. Churchill's Novel -- The War in Prose and Verse, The New York Times
  3. ^ (20 June 1915). Our Nation As Prodigal Son, Chicago Tribune ("Winston Churchill, at 44, has written a better novel than even the most flattering reviewers prophesied from his youthful work.")
  4. ^ Hackett, Alice Payne. Seventy Years of Best Sellers 1895-1965, p. 113 (1967) (The Turmoil by Booth Tarkington was number one that year)

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