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y My Love Must Wait : The Story of Matthew Flinders single work   novel   historical fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 1941 1941
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'When Matthew Flinders, the first man to chart and circumnavigate Australia, set sail from England in July 1801, he left behind the intrigues of his homeland but also his young bride of only a few weeks, Ann Chappell. He didn't see her again for more than nine years. During that time he carried out incredible feats of seamanship and navigation, made the first charts of much of the coastline of Australia, and was shipwrecked and later held prisoner by the French on Mauritius.

'Meticulously researched and written with great insight and sensitivity, My Love Must Wait is both a tender portrayal of faithful devotion, and a stirring re-creation of the courage and endurance of one of history's greatest seamen. ' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Adapted for secondary school readers; available as a sound recording and in braille.
  • Dedication: For my mother.
  • Epigraph: Tribute to Matthew Flinders.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Pacific Books , 1961 .
      Extent: 341p.
      Edition info: Slightly abridged edition
      Reprinted: 1962 , 1965 , 1968 Cover subtitle: The Loves and Adventures of Matthew Flinders.
      Series: Pacific Books Angus and Robertson (publisher), 1961 series - publisher The establishment of this paperback imprint of Angus Robertson was spearheaded by Beatrice Davis. It started with print runs of 20,000 in 1961 (Paper Empires: History of Book in Australia, 18).This paperback series, published by Angus and Robertson, contains both numbered and unnumbered volumes.

Works about this Work

Worlding the Island-Continent : The Spatial-Cultural Logics of Interwar Historical Fiction Adam Gall , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia , vol. 5 no. 1 2014;

The naturalisation of the Australian continent and its imaginary closure have long formed an important component of Australia’s culture of nationalism. This spatial dimension has been bound up with, but analytically separable from, figurations of Australian identity which were dependent upon imposing racialised boundaries. The culture of Australian nationalism thus depends in its formation upon exemplary instances of an “island-continental” perspective in some of its most prized narratives. This article turns to a specific moment in the cultural history of Australian nationalism—at the end of the interwar period—to examine some influential narratives that construct such a perspective. It analyses elements in two historical novels, Eleanor Dark’s The Timeless Land and Ernestine Hill’s My Love Must Wait, which appeared in 1941, as war in the Pacific loomed. By addressing Dark and Hill’s parallel projects, it will elaborate on how this nationalist spatial imaginary mediates an Australian national modernity that is also about difference and distinction from its metropolitan models. This is a project of worlding the nation, creating in narrative a meaningful background for spatial politics. These novels show us how Australian modernity finds a point of difference precisely in what Suvendrini Perera refers to as the “massivity” of the island-continent, Australia. [From the journal's website]

Timely Reminders Elizabeth Webby , 2002-2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January no. 247 2002-2003; (p. 62-63)

— Review of My Love Must Wait : The Story of Matthew Flinders Ernestine Hill 1941 single work novel ; The Giraffe's Uncle Les Robinson 1933 selected work short story ; The Sundowners Jon Cleary 1952 single work novel ; The Treatment ; and, The Cure Peter Kocan 1984 selected work novel
Panorama : The Live, The Dead and The Living Meaghan Morris , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island in the Stream : Myths of Place in Australian Culture 1988; (p. 160-187)
Romance Australia : Love in Australian Literature of Exploration Christina Thompson , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 13 no. 2 1987; (p. 161-171)
Untitled Uther Barker , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: The Emotional Life : Literature and Art 1968; (p. 57-58)

— Review of My Love Must Wait : The Story of Matthew Flinders Ernestine Hill 1941 single work novel
Two Australian Novelists' Interpretation of Early History John McKellar , 1954 single work criticism
— Appears in: Victorian Historical Magazine , December vol. 26 no. 2 1954; (p. 57-80)
Round the World 1947 single work column
— Appears in: The Australasian Book News and Literary Journal , September vol. 2 no. 3 1947; (p. 168)
y 20 Australian Novelists Colin Roderick , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1947 Z412046 1947 single work anthology criticism extract novel
Untitled 1942 single work review
— Appears in: Walkabout , vol. 8 no. 6 1942; (p. 2-4)

— Review of My Love Must Wait : The Story of Matthew Flinders Ernestine Hill 1941 single work novel
Flinders As Hero W. A. Amiet , 1942 single work review
— Appears in: The Daily Mercury , 25 July 1942; (p. 4)

— Review of My Love Must Wait : The Story of Matthew Flinders Ernestine Hill 1941 single work novel
Two Historical Novels 1942 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 7 January vol. 63 no. 3230 1942; (p. 2)

— Review of The Timeless Land Eleanor Dark 1941 single work novel ; My Love Must Wait : The Story of Matthew Flinders Ernestine Hill 1941 single work novel
Two Historical Novels 1942 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 7 January vol. 63 no. 3230 1942; (p. 2)

— Review of My Love Must Wait : The Story of Matthew Flinders Ernestine Hill 1941 single work novel
Romance of Man Who Named Australia Firmin McKinnon , 1941 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 6 December 1941; (p. 8)

— Review of My Love Must Wait : The Story of Matthew Flinders Ernestine Hill 1941 single work novel
Untitled 1941 single work review
— Appears in: The Central Queensland Herald , 25 December 1941; (p. 28)

— Review of My Love Must Wait : The Story of Matthew Flinders Ernestine Hill 1941 single work novel
Timely Reminders Elizabeth Webby , 2002-2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January no. 247 2002-2003; (p. 62-63)

— Review of My Love Must Wait : The Story of Matthew Flinders Ernestine Hill 1941 single work novel ; The Giraffe's Uncle Les Robinson 1933 selected work short story ; The Sundowners Jon Cleary 1952 single work novel ; The Treatment ; and, The Cure Peter Kocan 1984 selected work novel
Romance of Man Who Named Australia Firmin McKinnon , 1941 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 6 December 1941; (p. 8)

— Review of My Love Must Wait : The Story of Matthew Flinders Ernestine Hill 1941 single work novel
Untitled 1941 single work review
— Appears in: The Central Queensland Herald , 25 December 1941; (p. 28)

— Review of My Love Must Wait : The Story of Matthew Flinders Ernestine Hill 1941 single work novel
Untitled 1942 single work review
— Appears in: Walkabout , vol. 8 no. 6 1942; (p. 2-4)

— Review of My Love Must Wait : The Story of Matthew Flinders Ernestine Hill 1941 single work novel
Flinders As Hero W. A. Amiet , 1942 single work review
— Appears in: The Daily Mercury , 25 July 1942; (p. 4)

— Review of My Love Must Wait : The Story of Matthew Flinders Ernestine Hill 1941 single work novel
Two Historical Novels 1942 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 7 January vol. 63 no. 3230 1942; (p. 2)

— Review of The Timeless Land Eleanor Dark 1941 single work novel ; My Love Must Wait : The Story of Matthew Flinders Ernestine Hill 1941 single work novel
Two Historical Novels 1942 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 7 January vol. 63 no. 3230 1942; (p. 2)

— Review of My Love Must Wait : The Story of Matthew Flinders Ernestine Hill 1941 single work novel
Untitled Uther Barker , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: The Emotional Life : Literature and Art 1968; (p. 57-58)

— Review of My Love Must Wait : The Story of Matthew Flinders Ernestine Hill 1941 single work novel
Two Australian Novelists' Interpretation of Early History John McKellar , 1954 single work criticism
— Appears in: Victorian Historical Magazine , December vol. 26 no. 2 1954; (p. 57-80)
Round the World 1947 single work column
— Appears in: The Australasian Book News and Literary Journal , September vol. 2 no. 3 1947; (p. 168)
Panorama : The Live, The Dead and The Living Meaghan Morris , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island in the Stream : Myths of Place in Australian Culture 1988; (p. 160-187)
y 20 Australian Novelists Colin Roderick , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1947 Z412046 1947 single work anthology criticism extract novel
Romance Australia : Love in Australian Literature of Exploration Christina Thompson , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 13 no. 2 1987; (p. 161-171)
Worlding the Island-Continent : The Spatial-Cultural Logics of Interwar Historical Fiction Adam Gall , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia , vol. 5 no. 1 2014;

The naturalisation of the Australian continent and its imaginary closure have long formed an important component of Australia’s culture of nationalism. This spatial dimension has been bound up with, but analytically separable from, figurations of Australian identity which were dependent upon imposing racialised boundaries. The culture of Australian nationalism thus depends in its formation upon exemplary instances of an “island-continental” perspective in some of its most prized narratives. This article turns to a specific moment in the cultural history of Australian nationalism—at the end of the interwar period—to examine some influential narratives that construct such a perspective. It analyses elements in two historical novels, Eleanor Dark’s The Timeless Land and Ernestine Hill’s My Love Must Wait, which appeared in 1941, as war in the Pacific loomed. By addressing Dark and Hill’s parallel projects, it will elaborate on how this nationalist spatial imaginary mediates an Australian national modernity that is also about difference and distinction from its metropolitan models. This is a project of worlding the nation, creating in narrative a meaningful background for spatial politics. These novels show us how Australian modernity finds a point of difference precisely in what Suvendrini Perera refers to as the “massivity” of the island-continent, Australia. [From the journal's website]

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