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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 Storyland
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'An ambitious, remarkable and moving novel about who we are: our past, present and future, and our connection to this land.

'In 1796, a young cabin boy, Will Martin, goes on a voyage of discovery in the Tom Thumb with Matthew Flinders and Mr Bass: two men and a boy in a tiny boat on an exploratory journey south from Sydney Cove to the Illawarra, full of hope and dreams, daring and fearfulness.

'Set on the banks of Lake Illawarra and spanning four centuries, Storyland is a unique and compelling novel of people and place - which tells in essence the story of Australia. Told in an unfurling narrative of interlinking stories, in a style reminiscent of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, McKinnon weaves together the stories of Will Martin together with the stories of four others: a desperate ex-convict, Hawker, who commits an act of terrible brutality; Lola, who in 1900 runs a dairy farm on the Illawarra with her brother and sister, when they come under suspicion for a crime they did not commit; Bel, a young girl who goes on a rafting adventure with her friends in 1998 and is unexpectedly caught up in violent events; and in 2033, Nada, who sees her world start to crumble apart. Intriguingly, all these characters are all connected - not only through the same land and water they inhabit over the decades, but also by tendrils of blood, history, memory and property...

'Compelling, thrilling and ambitious, Storyland is our story, the story of Australia. 'The land is a book waiting to be read' as one of the characters says - and this novel tells us an unforgettable and unputdownable story of our history, our present and our future.' (Publication summary)

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  • Dedication: For Gary Christian

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Your Guide to the Miles Franklin Shortlist : A Kaleidoscopic Portrait of a Diverse Nation Jen Webb , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 23 August 2018; The Guardian Australia , 23 August 2018;

'The Miles Franklin award is famously for “a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases”. That’s a very broad palette, yet for most of the award’s existence — 1957 to the present — it has recognised a rather narrow field of “Australian life”.' (Introduction)

Catherine McKinnon : Storyland Tracy Sorensen , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , June 2018;

'Storyland carries us into new imaginative places – past, present and future.'

form y separately published work icon The Book Club [December 2017] Sydney : Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2017 15262028 2017 film/TV

For the final episode of The Book Club, host Jennifer Byrne joins regular panelists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger, and guests Michael Williams and Benjamin Law. The panellists discuss "Five of the Best" from 2017, and best books as voted by readers. They are joined by Jimmy Barnes for a musical performance.

Traversing the Sands of Time James Bradley , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1 April 2017; (p. 18)
'Although the European presence in Australia is now more than two centuries old it sometimes seems the legacy of the past is more present with each passing year. Whether in the human cost for indigenous Australians, the environmental devastation on the Great Barrier Reef and elsewhere, or simply in the hostility towards those who question our assumptions about our history, Australian society has not come to terms with the dispossession and violence at its heart.' (Introduction)
'Storyland' by Catherine McKinnon Doug Wallen , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 391 2017;
'‘I write best from place,’ Catherine McKinnon told Fairfax newspapers in a recent interview. Her second novel, which concerns centuries of human interaction with the New South Wales coast region between Wollongong and Lake Illawarra, makes this abundantly clear.' (Introduction)
'Storyland' by Catherine McKinnon Doug Wallen , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 391 2017;
'‘I write best from place,’ Catherine McKinnon told Fairfax newspapers in a recent interview. Her second novel, which concerns centuries of human interaction with the New South Wales coast region between Wollongong and Lake Illawarra, makes this abundantly clear.' (Introduction)
Traversing the Sands of Time James Bradley , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1 April 2017; (p. 18)
'Although the European presence in Australia is now more than two centuries old it sometimes seems the legacy of the past is more present with each passing year. Whether in the human cost for indigenous Australians, the environmental devastation on the Great Barrier Reef and elsewhere, or simply in the hostility towards those who question our assumptions about our history, Australian society has not come to terms with the dispossession and violence at its heart.' (Introduction)
Catherine McKinnon : Storyland Tracy Sorensen , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , June 2018;

'Storyland carries us into new imaginative places – past, present and future.'

Your Guide to the Miles Franklin Shortlist : A Kaleidoscopic Portrait of a Diverse Nation Jen Webb , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 23 August 2018; The Guardian Australia , 23 August 2018;

'The Miles Franklin award is famously for “a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases”. That’s a very broad palette, yet for most of the award’s existence — 1957 to the present — it has recognised a rather narrow field of “Australian life”.' (Introduction)

form y separately published work icon The Book Club [December 2017] Sydney : Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2017 15262028 2017 film/TV

For the final episode of The Book Club, host Jennifer Byrne joins regular panelists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger, and guests Michael Williams and Benjamin Law. The panellists discuss "Five of the Best" from 2017, and best books as voted by readers. They are joined by Jimmy Barnes for a musical performance.

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