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y No Such Country : A Book of Antipodean Hours single work   novel   young adult  
Issue Details: First known date: 1991 1991
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'The title may be a literal translation of "utopia," but the isolated Australian fishing village of New Canaan is anything but–as Rachel and Sarah, two teenaged residents, and Sam, a visiting student, discover. Following a clue uttered by his mother (an aborigine) on her deathbed, Sam has come to track down his father and family; but his inquiries are met with silent suspicion by the twisted, disturbed locals, all white. Crew gradually builds a charged atmosphere lit by signs and portents of what's to come. Led by Sarah's half-deranged mother, Sam and his young friends uncover a mass grave concealed in a thicket of lantana and later find the town's awful secret laid out pictorially in an eerie codex; 20 years ago, in a drunken frenzy, the men captured the last local aborigines in a huge net and drowned them. After this revelation, Crew creates an apocalyptic climax in which a nearby volcano erupts, destroying grave, book, and an enigmatic, white-robed religious leader known only as The Father–a literal title, it turns out, in Sam's case.'

Source: Kirkus Reviews (https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/gary-crew/no-such-country/). (Sighted: 30/11/2015)

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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Heinemann , 1991 .
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      Extent: 207p.
      ISBN: 0855614366
    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Heinemann , 1992 .
      Extent: 207p.
      ISBN: 1863302050 (pbk.)
    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Mammoth , 1995 .
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      Extent: 207p.
      ISBN: 1863303758 (pbk.)

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This trend is particularly applicable to historical literature for younger readers, which now often tries to renegotiate history by providing a counterpoint to the metanarratives of the past (Stephens 2003, xii-xiii). Reflecting and responding to developments in the disciplines of historiography and, more generally, the humanities, texts in this genre are representative of the attempt to interrogate monolithic versions of Australian history - often called the 'three cheers' view - in which positivity, achievement and the peaceful settlement of the nation are key themes.
At issue in these novels is thus the redressing of past wrongs, particularly with respects to the violent aspects of colonisation when so many members of the Indigenous population either died or were forcibly displaced. Each of the three adolescent novels I focus upon in this paper - Melissa Lucashenko's Killing Darcy (1998), Gary Crew's No Such Country (1991) and Mark Svendsen's Poison Under Their Lips (2001) - is equally idiosyncratic in its approach to narrativising Australia's problematic colonial past' (Author's abstract).
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— Appears in: The Fantastic Self : Essays on the Subject of the Self 1999; (p. 104-110)
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— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 8 no. 3 1998; (p. 25-35)
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— Appears in: The Adolescent Novel : Australian Perspectives 1997; (p. 135-143)
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— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , August vol. 6 no. 2 1996; (p. 37-45)
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— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February-March no. 138 1992; (p. 61)
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Untitled 1992 single work review
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Untitled H. M. Saxby , 1992 single work review
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— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 36 no. 2 1992; (p. 27)

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— Appears in: The Newcastle Herald , 18 January 1992; (p. 14)

— Review of No Such Country : A Book of Antipodean Hours Gary Crew 1991 single work novel
Crisp Writing in a State of Humidity Leonie Tyle , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 May 1992; (p. wkd 6)

— Review of A Long Way to Tipperary Sue Gough 1992 single work novel ; No Such Country : A Book of Antipodean Hours Gary Crew 1991 single work novel
Meg Sorensen Responds Meg Sorensen , 1992 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February-March no. 138 1992; (p. 61)

— Review of No Such Country : A Book of Antipodean Hours Gary Crew 1991 single work novel
Children's Book Short List Has Usual Variety Jenni Connor , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Mercury , 18 April 1992; (p. 26)

— Review of Rain Stones Jackie French 1991 selected work children's fiction ; No Such Country : A Book of Antipodean Hours Gary Crew 1991 single work novel ; Peter Kate Walker 1991 single work novel ; The Sugar-Gum Tree Patricia Wrightson 1991 single work children's fiction ; Let the Celebrations Begin! Margaret Wild 1991 single work picture book ; Letters from the Inside John Marsden 1991 single work novel ; Another Sparrow Singing Eleanor Spence 1991 single work children's fiction ; Window Jeannie Baker 1991 single work picture book ; Hist! C. J. Dennis 1991 single work picture book ; Dog In, Cat Out Gillian Rubinstein 1991 single work picture book ; The Magnificent Nose and Other Marvels Anna Fienberg 1991 selected work children's fiction ; William Tell Margaret Early 1991 single work picture book ; Enora and the Black Crane Raymond Meeks 1991 single work picture book
Untitled H. M. Saxby , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 7 no. 1 1992; (p. 34)

— Review of No Such Country : A Book of Antipodean Hours Gary Crew 1991 single work novel
New Teen Fiction in Top Form Eleanor Stodart , 1992 single work review
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y New World Orders in Contemporary Children's Literature: Utopian Transformations Clare Bradford , Kerry Mallan , John Stephens , Robyn McCallum , Houndmills : Palgrave Macmillan , 2008 Z1559477 2008 selected work criticism 'New World Orders shows how texts for children and young people have responded to the cultural, economic, and political movements of the last 15 years. With a focus on international children's texts produced between 1988 and 2006, the authors discuss how utopian and dystopian tropes are pressed into service to project possible futures to child readers. The book considers what these texts have to say about globalisation, neocolonialism, environmental issues, pressures on families and communities, and the idea of the posthuman.' - Back cover.
'There's a Black Boy Dead and a Migloo Holding a Gun': Death, Aboriginality and History in Australian Adolescent Literature Kathryn James , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , vol. 19 no. 1 2009; (p. 5-16)
'In 'Preying on the Past: Contexts of Some Recent Neo-Historical Fiction', Peter Pierce argues that, over the last five or so decades, Australian historical fiction has turned away from 'unconstrained and idealistic affirmations about Australia's future' to empathise instead with those figures in the historical landscape who were previously marginalised: 'victims of imperialism, patriarchy, racism, capitalism' (p.307).
This trend is particularly applicable to historical literature for younger readers, which now often tries to renegotiate history by providing a counterpoint to the metanarratives of the past (Stephens 2003, xii-xiii). Reflecting and responding to developments in the disciplines of historiography and, more generally, the humanities, texts in this genre are representative of the attempt to interrogate monolithic versions of Australian history - often called the 'three cheers' view - in which positivity, achievement and the peaceful settlement of the nation are key themes.
At issue in these novels is thus the redressing of past wrongs, particularly with respects to the violent aspects of colonisation when so many members of the Indigenous population either died or were forcibly displaced. Each of the three adolescent novels I focus upon in this paper - Melissa Lucashenko's Killing Darcy (1998), Gary Crew's No Such Country (1991) and Mark Svendsen's Poison Under Their Lips (2001) - is equally idiosyncratic in its approach to narrativising Australia's problematic colonial past' (Author's abstract).
y Death, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Adolescent Literature Kathryn James , New York (City) : Routledge Taylor & Francis Group , 2009 Z1790145 2009 single work criticism
The Architecture of Memory Gary Crew , 1992 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Australian Author , Autumn vol. 24 no. 1 1992; (p. 24-27) The Written World : Youth and Literature 1994; (p. 147-154)
No Such Country-- A Book of Antipodean Hours Bernard McKenna , Sharyn Pearce , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Strange Journeys : The Works of Gary Crew 1999; (p. 96-127)
Gary Crew : 'Explorer of the Dark Side' John Foster , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Adolescent Novel : Australian Perspectives 1997; (p. 135-143)
Post-Colonialism, Justice and Good Stories: An Interview with Gary Crew Bernard McKenna , Philip Neilsen , 1994 single work interview
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , July vol. 6 no. 2 1994; (p. 14-30)
Letters Gary Crew , 1992 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February-March no. 138 1992; (p. 61)
Meg Sorensen Responds Meg Sorensen , 1992 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February-March no. 138 1992; (p. 61)

— Review of No Such Country : A Book of Antipodean Hours Gary Crew 1991 single work novel
The Development of Structure and Style in the Fiction of Gary Crew Pamela Lloyd , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 1 no. 4 1993; (p. 12-15)
Identity in Australian Children's Literature: Perspectives from the Past and Present Maureen Nimon , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Fantastic Self : Essays on the Subject of the Self 1999; (p. 104-110)
Objects Strangely Familiar : Symbolism and Literary Allusion in the Novels of Gary Crew Diane Humphery , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , August vol. 6 no. 2 1996; (p. 37-45)
Humphery discusses Crew's novels as a means of introducing young readers 'to important elements of style and literary techniques while at the same time immersing them in the wonderfully rich world of English literature'. Crewe's novels deliberately blur the boundaries between reality and fantasy as well as providing a 'much-needed bridge between popular culture and the traditional classics' and in this sense, his signifiers are highly provisional with the appeal of his work arising from the continual flickering, spilling and diffusing of meaning' (37). As novels of adolescent self-discovery, Humphery points out that 'the rites of passage are carried out within a framework which explores far-reaching historical, political, moral and religious values (37).
Writing on the Edge: Gary Crew's Fiction Alice Mills , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 8 no. 3 1998; (p. 25-35)
Mills gives an overview of Australian author Gary Crew's work, which she describes as 'characterized by doubt' and offering endings which remain unresolved rather than the formulaic 'happy endings' which permeate conventional children's stories (25). Crew has won many literary awards for his children's fiction, however his stories are decidely ambiguous and post-modern in their 'celebration of doubt' (34), which attracts criticism on the grounds that the texts are too 'difficult and demanding for young children' (25). Mills offers a succinct and insightful discussion which explores how Crew's narratives of child-adolescent maturation play with the conventions of the gothic-horror genre by refusing 'the guarantee of a revelation to come' (34). Mills says 'At his strongest, he brings to the reader's notice the human need to make sense of the world. The power of his fiction derives not from him meeting such needs but from playing upon them' (25).
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