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Klara Z



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:38 am    Post subject: Hello from Australia---Aussie authors!  Reply with quote

Here I am emailing from an internet cafe in Adelaide--I'm midway through my tour and I've just discovered how to get in touch!

I'm getting very enthusiastic about Australian literature now I'm here---I've just read 'The Shiralee' by Darcy Niland, this book is  an Oz classic---brilliant writing--- and I'm about to read a novel by his wife, Ruth Park, who seems to be more celebrated here than in the UK. There are so many great bookshops here---and I found a wonderful 2nd hand one in Fremantle---but sadly, no room in luggage to bring everything home I'd like.

Ruth Park was writing in the 40s and 50s and her books depict life in the Sydney slums---her most famous is 'The Harp in the South'. Anyone out there know her work, I wonder?


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Caro



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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My first reaction to your mention of Ruth Park, Klara, was to wonder why I think of her as associated with NZ, but Wikipedia tells me she was born here and lived here during her childhood.  I think here her best-known work would be the first part of her autobiography which is probably set mostly in NZ.  A Fence round the Cuckoo.  I have a feeling I may have read this once but it is a very long time ago and I have no real memories of it.  I haven't read any of her fiction.

She seems to have been quite prolific with books on different subjects and in different genre, and some for children as well as her adult ones.

Cheers, Caro.




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Evie
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Klara!  Well done for making contact - hope you are having a fab time.  I don't know those authors, but great to get some new names, especially if the writing is good.  I only know the usual suspects in terms of Oz - Tim Winton, Peter Carey, Miles Franklin, etc.

Keep in touch!


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Castorboy



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Location: Castor Bay Auckland NZ

PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fancy you being in this part of the world! Ruth wrote a joint autobiography with D'arcy Niland The Drums Go Bang. Other than that the only book I have of hers is One-a-pecker,Two-a-pecker about the Otago gold rush in 1868. She was very popular for a while but nowadays doesn't get much of a mention. Enjoy the sunshine & watch out for the bush fires!


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie wrote:
 I only know the usual suspects in terms of Oz - Tim Winton, Peter Carey, Miles Franklin, etc.



I just read my first Tim Winton last year - can't think how it too so long - Dirt Music and some short stories which turned out to be about linked or the same characters, and I was really, really impressed. Will definitely be looking out for more.


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blackberrycottage



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:23 pm    Post subject: Oz Reply with quote

I can remember seeing The Shiralee on tv a long time ago. It was a serial I think - with Bryan Brown as the father. The only Australian authors I have read much of were Alan Marshall (I can jump puddles) and James Vance Marshall (A walk to the hills of the dreamtime) as a child, and Charles West's detectives (Little Ripper, Stonefish and another I can't remember).
The library I went to as a kid had what seemed to be every Puffin book available and a good few others and I loved it.


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Thursday Next



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of the Australian authors that spring to my mind are children's/teen authors. Isobelle Carmody writes a very good series of books called The Obernewtyn Chronicles which don't seem to be all that big over in the UK. I remember my dad went to Australia once with his work and I begged him to get me the next books in the series. I've only just found out from an Aussie girl I know on another website that there is a fifth book and have ordered it from Amazon.

I believe John Marsden who wrote Tomorrow When the War Began, anither great teen book is also Australian.


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the serious writers is considered to be Patrick White with Voss. I have a feeling he was nominated for the Nobel Prize.


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Caro



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Marsden is indeed Australian.  So is Thomas Keneally.  Kate Grenville.  Kerry Greenwood. Matthew Reilly. Although I could easily name 50 NZ writers, I struggle beyond about 10 Aussie ones.  Shall I mention Germaine Greer?  Not a novelist anyway.  

Cheers, Caro.


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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Castorboy wrote:
I have a feeling he was nominated for the Nobel Prize.

Not just nominated - he was awarded it in 1973.

http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1973/




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