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Issue Details: First known date: 2013... 2013 Moving Among Strangers : Randolph Stow and My Family
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'Two literary lives defined by storytelling and secrets

'As her mother Joan lies dying, Gabrielle Carey writes a letter to Joan’s childhood friend, the reclusive novelist Randolph Stow. This letter sets in motion a literary pilgrimage that reveals long-buried family secrets. Like her mother, Stow had grown up in Western Australia. After early literary success and a Miles Franklin Award win in 1958 for his novel To the Islands, he left for England and a life of self-imposed exile.

'Living most of her life on the east coast, Gabrielle was also estranged from her family’s west Australian roots, but never questioned why. A devoted fan of Stow’s writing, she becomes fascinated by his connection with her extended family, but before she can meet him he dies. With only a few pieces of correspondence to guide her, Gabrielle embarks on a journey from the red-dirt landscape of Western Australia to the English seaside town of Harwich in a quest to understand her family’s past and Stow’s place in it.

'Moving Among Strangers is a celebration of one of Australia’s most enigmatic and visionary writers.'

Notes

  • Dedication:

    In Memory of Randolph (Mick) Stow (1935-2010)

    and

    Joan Carey nee Ferguson (1922-2009)

  • Epigraph:

    Truly there is in the world nothing so strange, so fathomless as love. Our home is not here, it is in Heaven; our time is not now, it is eternity; we are here as shipwrecked mariners on an island, moving among strangers, darkly. Why should we love these shadows, which will be gone at the first light? It is because in exile we grieve for one another, it is because we remember the same home, it is because we remember the same father, that there is love in our island.

    Randolph Stow

    The Girl Green as Elderflower

  • Epigraph:

    Voices

    Ideal and loved voices

    of the dead, or of those

    lost to us like the dead.

    Sometimes they speak to us in dreams;

    sometimes the brain hears them in thought.

    And, for one moment, with their sounds,

    sounds come back from the first poetry of our lives-

    like music at night, remote, fading away.

    C.P. Cavafy

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Martin Edmond Reviews Moving Among Strangers by Gabrielle Carey Martin Edmond , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , May no. 15 2014;

— Review of Moving Among Strangers : Randolph Stow and My Family Gabrielle Carey , 2013 single work biography
Gabrielle Carey : Moving Among Strangers Lou Murphy , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , April 2014;

— Review of Moving Among Strangers : Randolph Stow and My Family Gabrielle Carey , 2013 single work biography
Moving Among Strangers Elaine Fry , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 18-19 January 2014; (p. 21)

— Review of Moving Among Strangers : Randolph Stow and My Family Gabrielle Carey , 2013 single work biography
A World Without Books – Or Kindle? Words Simply Fail Me Peter Goers , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 November vol. 17 November no. 2013; (p. 86)
Conundrum Susan Sheridan , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December 2013 - January 2014 no. 357 2013-2014; (p. 15-16)

— Review of Moving Among Strangers : Randolph Stow and My Family Gabrielle Carey , 2013 single work biography
Talking to Ghosts of the Past Susan Johnson , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 12 October 2013; (p. 20)

— Review of Moving Among Strangers : Randolph Stow and My Family Gabrielle Carey , 2013 single work biography
Quest for a Connection Stella Clarke , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 9-10 November 2013; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Moving Among Strangers : Randolph Stow and My Family Gabrielle Carey , 2013 single work biography
Mostly Private Letters Bernadette Brennan , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , December 2013;

— Review of Moving Among Strangers : Randolph Stow and My Family Gabrielle Carey , 2013 single work biography
Tale of Homecoming An Expat Adrift Peter Pierce , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7-8 December 2013; (p. 33) The Canberra Times , 7 December 2013; (p. 20) The Age , 7 December 2013; (p. 25)

— Review of Moving Among Strangers : Randolph Stow and My Family Gabrielle Carey , 2013 single work biography
Conundrum Susan Sheridan , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December 2013 - January 2014 no. 357 2013-2014; (p. 15-16)

— Review of Moving Among Strangers : Randolph Stow and My Family Gabrielle Carey , 2013 single work biography
A World Without Books – Or Kindle? Words Simply Fail Me Peter Goers , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 November vol. 17 November no. 2013; (p. 86)

Awards

2015 shortlisted National Biography Award
2014 joint winner Prime Minister's Literary Awards Non-Fiction With Helen Trinca's Madeleine: A Life of Madeleine St John.
2014 longlisted The Stella Prize
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