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y The Sundowners single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 1952 1952
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Chronicles a year in the life of a nomadic Australian family as they work their way across the continent earning money to buy a farm. Focuses on the father's refusal to accept adult responsibilities and the son's longing for a true father-son relationship.

Adaptations

form y The Sundowners Isobel Lennart , Burbank : Warner Brothers , 1960 Z1497488 1960 single work film/TV

Set in during the Great Depression of the late 1920s, Paddy Carmody and his wife Ida have been living on the road as drovers for sixteen years. Ida who is longing for the family, which includes their young son, to live a more comfortable existence has been secretly saving money so they might eventually settle down. Paddy on the other hand is happy with things as they are. After completing a long drive, which almost sees her husband killed in a bushfire, Ida persuades Paddy to take up a job as a shearer. She is engaged as the cook, and strikes up a close friendship with the wife of the station owner. When Paddy wins a racehorse in a two-up game it seems that Ida's dream of a home will finally happen, but then Paddy shatters it by losing all their money in another two-up game. Their son Sean comes to the rescue, however, by riding the racehorse to victory in a local derby. Ashamed at what he has nearly done to his wife, Paddy remorsefully offers to buy Ida her farm with the prize money. It is then that she realises that it is not yet the time, and they return once more to the open road.

[Source: Australian Screen]

y The Sundowners Max Afford , Z854850 single work radio play

Notes

  • Dedication: To Joy
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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      Werner Laurie , 1952 .
      Extent: 336p.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Pocket Books , 1953 .
      Extent: 323p.
    • London,
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      Transworld , 1954 .
      Extent: 382p.
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      • Corgi Giant
      Series: Corgi Books Transworld (publisher), series - publisher Number in series: G32
    • London,
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      Fontana , 1960 .
      Extent: 320p.
      Reprinted: 1965 Fourth Impression , 1968
      Series: y Fontana Books Collins (publisher), Z1691944 series - publisher novel Number in series: 278
    • London,
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      Sydney, New South Wales,: Horwitz , 1963 .
      Extent: 242p.
    • London,
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      Collins , 1964 .
      Extent: 288p.
    • London,
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      Collins , 1972 .
      Extent: 320p.
      Reprinted: 1975 , 1979
      ISBN: 0002217791
    • London,
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      Fontana , 1975 .
      Extent: 320p.
      ISBN: 0006139515 9780006139515
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Charles Scribner's Sons , 1984 .
      Extent: 381p.
      Description: illus., map
      ISBN: 0684133644 (pbk.) : 9780684133645 (pbk.)
    • Sydney South, South Sydney area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2013 .
      8642899289176070817.jpg
      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 336p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 1st March 2013
      ISBN: 9780732296971, 0732296978
      Series: y A and R Classics Angus and Robertson (publisher), Z1411167 series - publisher
Alternative title: Zwervers onder het Zuiderkruis
Language: Dutch

Works about this Work

Untitled single work review
— Review of The Sundowners Jon Cleary 1952 single work novel
Transpacific or Transatlantic Traffic? Australian Books and American Publishers David Carter , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Across the Pacific : Australia-United States Intellectual Histories 2010; (p. 339-359)
'This paper will attempt to describe the determining factors and structural patterns of relations between Australian books and American publishers from the 19th century to the present. Its central question will be: how did 'Australian books' find their way to American publishers? Can we discern any distinctive patterns over time or for particular genres, or simply an accumulation of one-off cases? To what extent, if at all, did the traffic in Australian books depend on cultural symmetries? Did Australian books travel as Australian or British books? In what ways were they dependent upon relations between Australian (or British) publishers or literary agents and their American counterparts? What role did international copyright regimes or trade agreements play? And how might the American connection change our understanding of 'Australian literature'?' (Author's abstract)
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
It's No Crime to Profit by Good Writing Rod Boucher , 1989 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Saturday Mercury , 2 December 1989; (p. 22)
Untitled 1952 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 13 June 1952; (p. 389)

— Review of The Sundowners Jon Cleary 1952 single work novel
`Off the Track' 1952 single work review
— Appears in: The Austrovert , no. 8 1952; (p. 5)

— Review of The Sundowners Jon Cleary 1952 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
Untitled 1952 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 13 June 1952; (p. 389)

— Review of The Sundowners Jon Cleary 1952 single work novel
`Off the Track' 1952 single work review
— Appears in: The Austrovert , no. 8 1952; (p. 5)

— Review of The Sundowners Jon Cleary 1952 single work novel
Untitled single work review
— Review of The Sundowners Jon Cleary 1952 single work novel
Transpacific or Transatlantic Traffic? Australian Books and American Publishers David Carter , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Across the Pacific : Australia-United States Intellectual Histories 2010; (p. 339-359)
'This paper will attempt to describe the determining factors and structural patterns of relations between Australian books and American publishers from the 19th century to the present. Its central question will be: how did 'Australian books' find their way to American publishers? Can we discern any distinctive patterns over time or for particular genres, or simply an accumulation of one-off cases? To what extent, if at all, did the traffic in Australian books depend on cultural symmetries? Did Australian books travel as Australian or British books? In what ways were they dependent upon relations between Australian (or British) publishers or literary agents and their American counterparts? What role did international copyright regimes or trade agreements play? And how might the American connection change our understanding of 'Australian literature'?' (Author's abstract)
It's No Crime to Profit by Good Writing Rod Boucher , 1989 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Saturday Mercury , 2 December 1989; (p. 22)
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