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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 Her
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'Beautifully and powerfully written, this is a look at the darker side of Australia's past - and particularly the status of girls and women in our society - that will stay with you long after you finish reading.

'Out in that country the sun smeared the sky and nothing ever altered, except that one day a scrap man came by . . .

'HER name is scarcely known or remembered. All in all, she is worth less than the nine shillings and sixpence counted into her father's hand.

'She bides her time. She does her work.

'Way back in the corner of her mind is a thought she is almost too frightened to shine a light on: one day she will run away.

'A dark and unsettling tale from the turn of the twentieth century by a master of Australian literature.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication: To the memory of Letty Disher 1924-2016

  • Includes : Reading Group Notes

  • Other formats: Also dyslexic edition

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Hachette Australia , 2017 .
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      Extent: 200p.
      Note/s:
      •  Published 8 August 2017

      ISBN: 9780733638541, 9780733638558, 9780733639722

Works about this Work

'Her' by Garry Disher Anna MacDonald , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , January–February no. 398 2018; (p. 51)

'In this dark historical novel, Garry Disher imagines a world in which small girls are sold by their desperate families and enslaved to men such as the brutal ‘scrap man’ – ‘a schemer, a plotter, a trickster’ in whom ‘nothing ... rang true except rage and self-pity’ and who profits from the labour of womenfolk known as Wife, Big Girl, You, and Sister. Neither the scrap man, nor the women shackled to him, are named because ‘names had no currency in the scrap man’s family’ until, in an act of defiance, You secretly christens herself Lily.'  (Introduction)

Harrowing Portrait of a Childhood Lost Peter Pierce , 2017 single work review essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 16 September 2017; (p. 22)

'For longevity and versatility, Garry Disher has few Australian equals. His tally of books is now more than 50. He has specialised in crime from both sides of the argument. Thus far, eight books feature thief and burglar Wyatt, while there are seven for police officers Challis and Destry. Disher’s latest novel is a signal departure in one way, though lawlessness is central to its business.' (Introduction)

Harrowing Portrait of a Childhood Lost Peter Pierce , 2017 single work review essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 16 September 2017; (p. 22)

'For longevity and versatility, Garry Disher has few Australian equals. His tally of books is now more than 50. He has specialised in crime from both sides of the argument. Thus far, eight books feature thief and burglar Wyatt, while there are seven for police officers Challis and Destry. Disher’s latest novel is a signal departure in one way, though lawlessness is central to its business.' (Introduction)

'Her' by Garry Disher Anna MacDonald , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , January–February no. 398 2018; (p. 51)

'In this dark historical novel, Garry Disher imagines a world in which small girls are sold by their desperate families and enslaved to men such as the brutal ‘scrap man’ – ‘a schemer, a plotter, a trickster’ in whom ‘nothing ... rang true except rage and self-pity’ and who profits from the labour of womenfolk known as Wife, Big Girl, You, and Sister. Neither the scrap man, nor the women shackled to him, are named because ‘names had no currency in the scrap man’s family’ until, in an act of defiance, You secretly christens herself Lily.'  (Introduction)

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