5535083772983915100.jpg
This image has been sourced from Wikipedia
7475820492148405550.jpg
Cover image courtesy of publisher.
y Bring Larks and Heroes single work   novel   historical fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 1967 1967
AustLit is a subscription service. The content and services available here are limited because you have not been recognised as a subscriber. Find out how to gain full access to AustLit

AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'This novel is set in a remote British penal colony in the 1790s. It gives an insight into the settlement of hungry transports and corrupt soldiers, and tells the story of Corporal Phelim Halloran, and the demands made on him - by superior officers and, most often, by his conscience.' (Source: LibrariesAustralia)

Adaptations

y Halloran's Little Boat : A Play Based on the Novel 'Bring Larks and Heroes' Thomas Keneally , Harmondsworth Ringwood : Penguin , 1975 Z863393 1966 single work drama

Notes

  • Dedication: To Judith who nursed this poor herd of chapters to pasture.
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Cassell Australia , 1967 .
      5535083772983915100.jpg
      This image has been sourced from Wikipedia
      Extent: 247p.
      Reprinted: 1967 , 1968
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Belmont Books , 1967 .
      Extent: 296p.
      Reprinted: 1972 Includes author's note.
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Sun Books , 1968 .
      Extent: 230p.
      Reprinted: 1970 ISBN 0725100605 , 1972 , 1974 , 1976 , 1978 , 1984
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Viking , 1968 .
      Extent: 247p.
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Quartet , 1973 .
      Extent: 230p.
      ISBN: 0704320347
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1988 .
      Extent: 247p.
      ISBN: 0140109293
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2012 .
      7475820492148405550.jpg
      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 384p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 26 April 2012
      • Introduction by Geordie Williamson
      ISBN: 9781921922237
      Series: y Text Classics Text Publishing (publisher), Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2012- Z1851461 2012 series - publisher novel 'Great books by great Australian storytellers.' (Text website.)
Alternative title: Straffekolonien
Language: Norwegian

Works about this Work

Untitled Charles Brady , single work review
— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
'Gothic Splendours'? : Recent Tasmanian Historical Fiction Peter Pierce , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island , no. 142 2015; (p. 20-26)
Peter Pierce investigates recent 'Gothic' historical fiction set in Tasmania.
A National (Diasporic?) Living Treasure : Thomas Keneally Paul Sharrad , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November no. 14 2015; (p. 20-27)
Although Thomas Keneally is firmly located as a national figure, his international literary career and his novels’ inspection of colonial exile, Aboriginal alienation, and movements of people throughout history reflect aspects of diasporic experience, while pushing the term itself into wider meaning of the transnational.
Coming to Terms with Australia's Past : Thomas Keneally's Bring Larks and Heroes Caterina Colomba , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 27 no. 1 2013; (p. 25-29)
'Colomba talks about Australia's past in Thomas Keneally's novel Bring Larks and Heroes. Thomas Keneally's third novel, Bring Larks and Heroes, is among the most significant works of the 1960s to portray the penal society of Australia's past at "the world's worse end". Published during a time of deep social and cultural change in Australia, the book is an investigation of the mechanisms that lie at the foundation of an oppressively brutal society, in a world where the values of the "old" clash with, and are transformed by, the reality of the "new." The release of the novel marked a crucial moment in the life of its author by establishing him as a professional writer.' (Editor's abstract)
Traduit de l’américain : Thomas Keneally and the Mechanics of an International Career David Carter , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Book History , vol. 16 no. 2013; (p. 364-386)

'Internationally, Thomas Keneally is one of Australia’s most successful authors, whether in terms of critical reception, book sales, or author profile. He is probably best known as the author of Schindler’s List from 1982—Schindler’s Ark in Britain and Australasia—even if his fame in this regard has been somewhat obscured by Stephen Spielberg’s multi-Oscar-winning movie of 1993. The story of how Keneally came to write this book and its subsequent success is one of the more remarkable episodes in Australian book history, and of course it is by no means confined to Australia, its point of origin only in a very qualified sense. Published simultaneously in London, New York, and Sydney, Schindler’s List appeared in at least eight different English-language and fourteen foreign-language editions even before the release of Spielberg’s movie. It won the Booker Prize for 1982, the first by an Australian novelist, although Keneally had already been short-listed for the award on three occasions. Across the Atlantic, it was one of the New York Times ’ Best Books of 1982, and in the following year the winner of the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize. The movie’s success meant new English and American editions together with a dozen or so translations in 1994 alone, including Turkish, Japanese, Chinese, and Catalan versions. New Czech and Marathi editions appeared as recently as 2009.' (Author's introduction)

Words, Sticks and Stones : Keneally, Literature and Social Impact Paul Sharrad , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , November vol. 28 no. 4 2013; (p. 90-105)
Keneally's Triumph Geordie Williamson , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 5-6 May 2012; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
Williamson re-assesses Keneally's novel on the occasion of its re-issue by Text Publishing.
Untitled Chad Parkhill , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , no. 14 2012; (p. 26)

— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
Transported and Transmuted Xiaojin Zhou , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: From Fixity to Fluidity : The Theme of Identity in Thomas Keneally's Fiction 2009; (p. 59-69)
'To the transported convicts, the first dominant feature of Australia is that it is too far away from the center of civilization. To undergo hardships on the sea with a messianic confidence (as the Pilgrims Fathers of America did) can at least be imagined as self-fulfillment; to be chained and locked in cabins on an eight-month long voyage without any decent purpose at all is totally another thing, disorienting to say the least. “Each on his or her eighteen inches of bed space”, looking out through the portholes of the ship (Keneally 1987a: 18), the convicts know but one thing: it’s a long distance from their home. They’re sent to the “world’s worse end”, as the opening sentence of Keneally’s Bring Larks and Heroes states (1967: 7). ' (59)
Reversed Nature, Dislocation, and Self-Commissioning Xiaojin Zhou , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: From Fixity to Fluidity : The Theme of Identity in Thomas Keneally's Fiction 2009; (p. 69-77)
'Different from the American Pilgrim Fathers, the early Europeans come to Australia without a dignified purpose. What’s worse, the Australian landscape defies their efforts to find a mission in local context. Everything here is different, alien and unaccountable, thwarting all attempts to subject it to European cognizance and interpretation. Even the most ardent scientist cannot find a proper mode of linguistic expression for the alien landscape, which leads to the disjunction between discourse and place. However, initial efforts are made by early settlers to find themselves a culturally and psychologically sustaining purpose. Self-commissioning takes such various forms as exploration, scientific studies and settlement, all of which are related, in a subtle but tenacious manner, to the British Empire and to their own past. Yet it is easy to put Australian on the map of the world, but it is difficult to subject the new world to the general scheme of the Empire. It simply refuses to be part of it. The wrestling with a troubled identity drives them to missionary activities in the land, which unfortunately further exacerbates the crisis rather than overcoming it, for in doing so, they forsake the sense of belonging “there”, only to find they can hardly belong “here”. ' (69-70)
y Ancestral Narratives: Irish-Australian Identities in History and Fiction Chad Habel , Saarbrucken : VDM Verlag , 2008-2009 Z1664583 2008-2009 single work criticism
Making His Own Way Brian Matthews , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Thomas Keneally : A Celebration 2006; (p. 23-28)
Sex Encounters of the Strange Kind : Forms of Postcolonial Discourse in Three Australian Novels Xavier Pons , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Autumn vol. 29 no. 1 2006; (p. 47-58) Messengers of Eros : Representations of Sex in Australian Writing 2009; (p. 197-210)
'The paper focuses on scenes from three Australian novels ... . Through an analysis of the representation of sexual intercourse by the three novelists, the paper highlights the sense of strangeness associated with the postcolonial, born out of the colonists' feeling that they do not truly belong to their adopted land and must force themselves upon it. Sex, which can be an expression of love, here degenerates into lust, violence or parody. It becomes an expression of the unnerving alienation which overcomes Europeans in a postcolonial context. Sex here as a struggle for domination is a paradigm of the perverted human relations which are inherent in the postcolonial condition. In his own fashion, and through a variety of narrative modes, each of the three (male) novelists illustrates the unbearable strangeness of being in an alien land.' (47)
Second Look Peter Craven , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 8 October 2000; (p. 10)

— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
It is Written Thomas Keneally , 1996 single work prose biography
— Appears in: The Age , 17 February 1996; (p. 3,4)
Sociological and Historical Perspectives on Australia as Portrayed by Contemporary Australian Writers Rosemary Kerr , 1995-1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Commonwealth Review , vol. 7 no. 1 1995-1996; (p. 19-27)
y Australian Melodramas : Thomas Keneally's Fiction Peter Pierce , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1995 Z565009 1995 single work criticism The first comprehensive critical study of Keneally's work. It concentrates on his novels, but also covers plays and non-fiction, and analyses the academic reception of Keneally's work.
Furphy 1 - The Red Cord - A Neglected Folk Motif in the Early Fiction of Thomas Keneally J. S. Ryan , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Notes & Furphies , April no. 26 1991; (p. 2-3)
y Thomas Keneally Peter Quartermaine , London Melbourne : Edward Arnold , 1991 Z543132 1991 single work criticism Provides a wide-ranging introduction to Keneally's novels, exploring them in the context of the author's personal and national background. Focuses on issues such as post-colonialism, the use of violence in literature, and attitudes to other cultures. Examines the way in which Keneally's reliance on historical sources reflects the problematic nature of current attitudes to history and the past.
Gossip and History in the Novels of Brian Penton and Thomas Keneally Patrick Buckridge , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 14 no. 4 1990; (p. 436-449)
Keneally's Triumph Geordie Williamson , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 5-6 May 2012; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
Williamson re-assesses Keneally's novel on the occasion of its re-issue by Text Publishing.
Untitled Chad Parkhill , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , no. 14 2012; (p. 26)

— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
New Novels John McLaren , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 38 1968; (p. 41-43)

— Review of A Wild Ass of a Man Barry Oakley 1967 single work novel ; Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel ; Dynasty Tony Morphett 1967 single work novel
Untitled Shirley Despoja , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 16 December 1967; (p. 14)

— Review of The Games Hugh Atkinson 1967 single work novel ; Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
Untitled R. Burns , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: Nation , 18 November 1967; (p. 22-23)

— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
The Torment of Our Own Man for All Seasons Peter Gough , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 7 October vol. 89 no. 4570 1967; (p. 80-81)

— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
Untitled Neil Jillett , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 14 October 1967; (p. 23)

— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
Untitled Leonie Kramer , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11 November 1967; (p. 19)

— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
Untitled F. H. Mares , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 11 November 1967; (p. 18)

— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
Untitled Derek Whitelock , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 14 October 1967; (p. 14)

— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
Untitled Rosemary Wighton , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January (1966-1967) vol. 6 no. 2-3 1966; (p. 19)

— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
Tough Poetry on Stage Katharine Brisbane , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 21 December 1967; (p. 8)

— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
A Non-Review: Larks and Heroes Jean Bedford , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Arena , no. 15 1968; (p. 6-8)

— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
Irish Transported 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Time , 16 August 1968; (p. 68-70)

— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
Untitled P. Adams , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Atlantic , vol. 222 no. 2 1968; (p. 96)

— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
Untitled R. Baker , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Books and Bookmen , vol. 13 no. 1968; (p. 30-31)

— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
Untitled Charles Brady , single work review
— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
Untitled Noni Durack , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Twentieth Century , vol. 23 no. 1968-1969; (p. 86-88)

— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
Untitled Kerin Cantrell , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Left Review , no. 1 1968; (p. 73-75)

— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
Untitled C. Gorchels , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Library Journal , vol. 93 no. 1968; (p. 2259)

— Review of Bring Larks and Heroes Thomas Keneally 1967 single work novel
Sociological and Historical Perspectives on Australia as Portrayed by Contemporary Australian Writers Rosemary Kerr , 1995-1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Commonwealth Review , vol. 7 no. 1 1995-1996; (p. 19-27)
Making His Own Way Brian Matthews , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Thomas Keneally : A Celebration 2006; (p. 23-28)
Sex Encounters of the Strange Kind : Forms of Postcolonial Discourse in Three Australian Novels Xavier Pons , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Autumn vol. 29 no. 1 2006; (p. 47-58) Messengers of Eros : Representations of Sex in Australian Writing 2009; (p. 197-210)
'The paper focuses on scenes from three Australian novels ... . Through an analysis of the representation of sexual intercourse by the three novelists, the paper highlights the sense of strangeness associated with the postcolonial, born out of the colonists' feeling that they do not truly belong to their adopted land and must force themselves upon it. Sex, which can be an expression of love, here degenerates into lust, violence or parody. It becomes an expression of the unnerving alienation which overcomes Europeans in a postcolonial context. Sex here as a struggle for domination is a paradigm of the perverted human relations which are inherent in the postcolonial condition. In his own fashion, and through a variety of narrative modes, each of the three (male) novelists illustrates the unbearable strangeness of being in an alien land.' (47)
y Ancestral Narratives: Irish-Australian Identities in History and Fiction Chad Habel , Saarbrucken : VDM Verlag , 2008-2009 Z1664583 2008-2009 single work criticism
Movies as a Mere Popular Medium 1984 single work interview
— Appears in: Hemisphere , July-August vol. 29 no. 1 1984; (p. 36-43)
A Non-Review : Larks and Heroes Jean Bedford , 1968 single work criticism
— Appears in: Arena , no. 15 1968; (p. 6-8)
It is Written Thomas Keneally , 1996 single work prose biography
— Appears in: The Age , 17 February 1996; (p. 3,4)
Conscience and Corruption : Thomas Keneally's Three Novels Laurie Clancy , 1968 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Autumn vol. 27 no. 1 1968; (p. 33-41) Australian Postwar Novelists : Selected Critical Essays 1975; (p. 58-67)
Gossip and History in the Novels of Brian Penton and Thomas Keneally Patrick Buckridge , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 14 no. 4 1990; (p. 436-449)
The Past as 'The Present Rendered Fabulous' : The Confronting of European Origins in Bring Larks and Heroes and A Fringe of Leaves Laurie Hergenhan , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Papers : Yugoslavia, Europe and Australia 1983; (p. 269-275)
Bring Larks and Heroes i "Irish rebel gets the mail:", Maurice Cowan , 1983 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: Oz Shrink Lit. 1983; (p. 67)
Furphy 1 - The Red Cord - A Neglected Folk Motif in the Early Fiction of Thomas Keneally J. S. Ryan , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Notes & Furphies , April no. 26 1991; (p. 2-3)
Thomas Keneally and "The Special Agonies of Being a Woman" Shirley Walker , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Who Is She? 1983; (p. 150-162)
"The Whale in the Bay" Folk Motif and Australian Fiction J. S. Ryan , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Folklore , March no. 4 1990; (p. 12-26)
y Thomas Keneally Peter Quartermaine , London Melbourne : Edward Arnold , 1991 Z543132 1991 single work criticism Provides a wide-ranging introduction to Keneally's novels, exploring them in the context of the author's personal and national background. Focuses on issues such as post-colonialism, the use of violence in literature, and attitudes to other cultures. Examines the way in which Keneally's reliance on historical sources reflects the problematic nature of current attitudes to history and the past.
'The Present Rendered Fabulous' : Thomas Keneally's Bring Larks and Heroes Laurie Hergenhan , 1983-1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Unnatural Lives : Studies in Australian Fiction about the Convicts, from James Tucker to Patrick White 1993; (p. 139-150)
Eden Upside-Down : Thomas Keneally's 'Bring Larks and Heroes' as Anti-Pastoral Patricia Monk , 1982 single work criticism
— Appears in: World Literature Written in English , Summer vol. 21 no. 2 1982; (p. 297-303)
Discusses the inversion of the pastoral convention and links this inversion with the apotheosis of the central character Halloran.
Thomas Keneally's 'Innocent' Men Frances McInherny , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 10 no. 1 1981; (p. 57-66)
The Most Frightening Rebellion : The Recent Novels of Thomas Keneally Veronica Brady , 1979 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 38 no. 1 1979; (p. 74-86)
Thomas Keneally and the Scheme of Things Adrian Mitchell , 1979 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 9 no. 1 1979; (p. 3-13)
"Acknowledges Keneally's seeming contradiction of being both a popular and serious novelist. Yet argues that in spite of the popular elements in his work, Keneally shows a keen awareness of the individual's precarious position in 'the scheme of things,' and directs each novel toward a search for surety amid uncertainties, for comprehension of the inexplicable, for an affirmation of decency and integrity" (Annotation in R. Ross, Australian Literary Criticism - 1945-1988, 241).
Last amended 17 Mar 2015 13:31:27
X