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Issue Details: First known date: 1959... 1959 The Big Smoke
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'Priests and prostitutes, newspaper men and prize fighters are some of the people brilliantly framed in this novel about the tough, lusty city which is Sydney, and about some extraordinary and vital characters who touch, influence and transform one another's destinies for better or worse.' (Source: 1959 edition)

Notes

  • Dedication: For / Ruth
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      • Publisher: Pan
      London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Pan ,
      1962 .
      Extent: 187p.
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Horwitz , 1965 .
      Extent: 224p.
      Series: Name Author Horwitz (publisher), series - publisher novel adventure crime detective romance war literature Number in series: NA73
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Sydney, New South Wales,: Horwitz ,
      1967 .
      Extent: 224p.
      Edition info: 2nd ed.
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1978 .
      Extent: 224p.
      ISBN: 0140049649
Alternative title: La gran humareda
Language: Spanish

Works about this Work

Surro Fiona McGregor , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , November 2017;

'Head south on Elizabeth Street, turn left after Devonshire. Butt Street is more of an alley, with a slight kink at the beginning. Apartments and warehouses loom either side. You are walking towards Clisdell Street in August 1940, and on the left in the gutter is the corpse of Bill Smillie, gambler, gunman, SP standover. Next to his body is a dead cat.' (Introduction)

Best Book You've Never Read : The Big Smoke Fiona McGregor , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-23 October 2005; (p. 20)

— Review of The Big Smoke D'Arcy Niland , 1959 single work novel
Sydney's Seamy Side Russel Ward , 1961 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 21 no. 1 1961; (p. 52)

— Review of The Big Smoke D'Arcy Niland , 1959 single work novel
Untitled Scrutarius , 1960 single work review
— Appears in: Walkabout , vol. 26 no. 6 1960; (p. 37)

— Review of The Big Smoke D'Arcy Niland , 1959 single work novel
D'Arcy Niland's Sydney 1959 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 30 December vol. 80 no. 4168 1959; (p. 2,58)

— Review of The Big Smoke D'Arcy Niland , 1959 single work novel
Best Book You've Never Read : The Big Smoke Fiona McGregor , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-23 October 2005; (p. 20)

— Review of The Big Smoke D'Arcy Niland , 1959 single work novel
D'Arcy Niland's Sydney 1959 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 30 December vol. 80 no. 4168 1959; (p. 2,58)

— Review of The Big Smoke D'Arcy Niland , 1959 single work novel
Untitled Scrutarius , 1960 single work review
— Appears in: Walkabout , vol. 26 no. 6 1960; (p. 37)

— Review of The Big Smoke D'Arcy Niland , 1959 single work novel
Sydney's Seamy Side Russel Ward , 1961 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 21 no. 1 1961; (p. 52)

— Review of The Big Smoke D'Arcy Niland , 1959 single work novel
Surro Fiona McGregor , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , November 2017;

'Head south on Elizabeth Street, turn left after Devonshire. Butt Street is more of an alley, with a slight kink at the beginning. Apartments and warehouses loom either side. You are walking towards Clisdell Street in August 1940, and on the left in the gutter is the corpse of Bill Smillie, gambler, gunman, SP standover. Next to his body is a dead cat.' (Introduction)

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