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Pilgrimage, Durack, Mary; Millett; Patsy and Naomi (edited by)
1 Durack, Mary; Millett; Patsy and Naomi (edited by) Pilgrimage
Australia Bantam Books 2005 1863252436 / 9781863252430 Reprint Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Good 12mo 
xviii + 310 pages including bibliographical references and b/w illustrations. With vivid and passionate descriptions of her beloved outback, Mary Durack brings alive the spirit of our country and those who have shaped it. Pilgrimage is an unforgettable journey through the vibrant landscape and life of Mary Durack, from her early writings in the 1930s through to the mid-1980s. Though best known for two family histories that have become literary classics, Kings in Grass Castles and Sons in the Saddle, Mary Durack's great talent extended to fiction, short stories, drama and verse. This long-awaited collection of her favourite works, including material never before published, provides a rare glimpse into Mary's extraordinary experiences, from her Kimberley days on the family properties and her time with her own family in Broome, to her city home in Perth. Mary writes with insight, compassion and humour of outback legends, and the many bush characters whom she knew and loved - of their far reaching wisdom and struggle to adapt to a changing land. Pilgrimage is an enduring record of a way of life that is fast disappearing and a testament to an exceptional writer. In the early 90s, before her death, Mary started work on this collection and, in fact, drafted a proposed introduction. Mary's thoughts have been respected by her daughter Patsy who, along with Patsy's daughter Naomi, has continued this project - but Patsy has also included a few more controversial pieces that her mother might have left out. The pieces include the oft-anthologised 3,000 word chapter known as Promised Land from Kings in Grass Castles and a celebrated chapter from her recently reissued novel Keep Him My Country. An added bonus is the inclusion of a complete bibliography of Mary's work as well as a number of her poems which will be of interest to Durack scholars and fans. This volume will appeal to lovers of Australiana, the Kimberley, the Durack saga and Mary's writing. Inevitably she touches on the respect and compassion she has for aboriginal culture and her belief in aboriginal land rights - an aspect which gives added interest today. The writings are also a great snapshot of a former time. Dame Mary Durack DBE OBE was born to the heritage of a pioneering family. Long recognised as one of Australia's great literary figures, she wrote 15 books, short stories, poems, plays and film scripts. She died in 1994. 
Price: 14.00 AUD
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A kingdom and a place of exile: critical essays on postcolonial women's Writing, Jones, Dorothy
2 Jones, Dorothy A kingdom and a place of exile: critical essays on postcolonial women's Writing
Australia University of Wollongong Press 2010 1920831533 / 9781920831530 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 8vo Signed by Author
191 indexed pages. Includes an introduction by Melissa Boyde and bibliographical references. This volume of essays collects together the fruits of 25 years of Jonesís thinking and writing at the forefront of postcolonial and contemporary women's writing. This rich commentary on post-colonial women's writing by leading literary scholar Dorothy Jones concentrates on writers from Australia, New Zealand, India, Canada and the Caribbean.Jonesí writing is imbued with a keen sense - and extraordinary knowledge - of the imaginative possibilities of myth. Themes throughout the essays include the textile arts and how they are intricately woven into the fabric of culture,the gardens women write and the part food plays in people's lives. The book is a critical celebration of writing and will be enjoyed by lovers of books and reading as well as scholars and students of post-colonial literary and feminist studies. There is a dedication signed by the author in the first page. 
Price: 27.00 AUD
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Selected essays - with a foreword by Ian Maxwell, Murdoch, Walter
3 Murdoch, Walter Selected essays - with a foreword by Ian Maxwell
Australia Angus & Robertson 1964 1st Edition Soft Cover Good 12mo 
371 indexed pages. In making this selection, Sir Walter Murdoch wrote in the preface to this book he chose the essays which he, personally, liked best. These were the essays he most enjoyed writing: "The Burden of Solemnity; Are You Stock-Size?; Tripe and Onions; On Growling; My Last Murder; Bad Language; My Bush-Fire; A New Charity; On Sitting StillĎ; On Pioneering; My Roman Adventure; A Question Settled; An Adventurer; On Having Enemies; One Crowded Hour; The Scottish Twins; The Book and The Island; On Vastness; The Wild Planet; A Medieval Interlude; The Gods Foresee;The Ring and The Book; On a Mean Street;On Being Natural;Strange Effect of a Tonic; Hamlet Revisited;The Pink Manís Burden;Two Men: An Antithesis; On Rag-Bags;The Beasts in the Basement;On Two Poets; One-Leg Island;The Bloke." Sir Walter Logie Forbes Murdoch (1874-1970) was a prominent Australian academic and essayist. He was a founding professor of English and former Chancellor of the University of Western Australia. 
Price: 12.00 AUD
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Tusk, Reed, Bill
4 Reed, Bill Tusk
Australia Hyland House 1996 187565786X / 9781875657865 1st Edition Soft Cover Good Good 12mo 
267 pages. This is a brilliant novel about the clashing of boundaries - between races, generations, sanity and insanity. lts sharp, inventive prose draws us at pace towards a shocking, unexpected and profoundly moving climax. This is the ?rst novel in ten years from one of the great originals of A Australian literature. Long-awaited by many who have acclaimed Bill Reed. As one of our few writers of genius, TUSK will not disappoint." Part Tamil, part Australian, John Tasker is an up and coming lawyer in the Attorney - Generalís Department. After heís visited by a Sri Lankan police inspector on the trail of Tamil terrorists, the line between a bureaucratís life and the violent, amoral world of international terrorism becomes paper thin. What is lnspector Ekayanake looking for in Canberra? Why is he asking so many questions? What does he know about Johnís shadowy twin brother, Tusker? Bizarre deaths and strange coincidences follow Tusker around. Johnís world and Tuskerís world are converging Fast. 
Price: 9.50 AUD
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