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Note: Cover subtitle: The heartbreak and the humour of a young woman's fight for freedom and identity in a truly puzzling world - straight from a sheltered mission existence to work at sixteen on a bizarre Australian farm in the 1960s.
Issue Details: First known date: 1987... 1987 Wandering Girl
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Glenyse Ward was taken from her mother and put into Wandering Mission to grow up in a regimented and enclosed world of German nuns. At sixteen, again without choice, she was sent to a wealthy farm to be little better than a slave. Soon, she was wishing shoe was back at the mission...' (Source: Back cover)

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Notes

  • Dedication:

    For my mother, husband and children,

    and for all the Aboriginal women who,

    as girls, had to face hard times

    working on white people's farms

    in the Great Southern and other

    districts of their own country.

  • Other formats: Also sound recording and eBook

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Broome, Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,: Magabala Books , 1987 .
      person or book cover
      Image courtesy of Magabala Books
      Extent: 158p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliography
      ISBN: 0731616235, 9781875641246
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Virago ,
      1988 .
      Extent: 168p.
      ISBN: 0860681858
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Henry Holt ,
      1991 .
      Extent: vii, 183p.p.
      Edition info: 1st US ed.
      Note/s:
      • 'Originally published in Australia by Magabala Books in 1988' (Title page verso)
      ISBN: 0805016341 (alk. paper)
    • Broome, Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,: Magabala Books , 1995 .
      Extent: 157p.
      ISBN: 1875641246

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— Appears in: Continuum : Journal of Media & Cultural Studies , vol. 32 no. 1 2018; (p. 42-51)

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Our Cup Runneth Over : Life-Stories from Fremantle Go National Per Henningsgaard , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 431-436)
Aboriginal Story-Telling : Traditional and Contemporary Rosemary van den Berg , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 16 May no. 264 2012; (p. 25)
Black and White : In Search of an ‘Apt’ Response to Indigenous Writing Robin Freeman , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs , October vol. 14 no. 2 2010;
'The good editor,' suggests Thomas McCormack in his Fiction Editor, the Novel and the Novelist, 'reads, and ... responds aptly' to the writer's work, 'where "aptly" means "as the ideal appropriate reader would".' McCormack develops an argument that encompasses the dual ideas of sensibility and craft as essential characteristics of the fiction editor. But at an historical juncture that has seen increasing interest in the publication of Indigenous writing, and when Indigenous writers themselves may envisage a multiplicity of readers (writing, for instance, for family and community, and to educate a wider white audience), who is the 'ideal appropriate reader' for the literary works of the current generation of Australian Indigenous writers? And what should the work of this 'good editor' be when engaging with the text of an Indigenous writer? This paper examines such questions using the work of Margaret McDonell and Jennifer Jones, among others, to explore ways in which non-Indigenous editors may apply aspects of McCormack's 'apt response' to the editing of Indigenous texts.' (Author's abstract)
Ethnic Autobiography and the Cult of Authenticity Graham Huggan , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , Winter vol. 15 no. 2 2002; (p. 37-62) Contemporary Issues in Australian Literature 2002; (p. 37-62)
A Departure from Interpretation Helen Dakin , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 48 no. 4 1988; (p. 473-475)

— Review of Wandering Girl Glenys Ward , 1987 single work autobiography
Untitled 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Publisher's Weekly , 24 May 1991; (p. 59)

— Review of Wandering Girl Glenys Ward , 1987 single work autobiography
Untitled 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Booklist , 15 March 1992; (p. 1366)

— Review of Wandering Girl Glenys Ward , 1987 single work autobiography
Untitled 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Publisher's Weekly , 1 June 1992; (p. 64)

— Review of Wandering Girl Glenys Ward , 1987 single work autobiography
Four titles to Heat Up a Winter's Discussion Jennifer Moran , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 June 1997; (p. C10)

— Review of Wandering Girl Glenys Ward , 1987 single work autobiography
'Worth in the Telling' : Tales of Trauma in Australian Aboriginal Narratives Clare Bradford , 2001 single work criticism
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— Appears in: Unmasking Whiteness : Race Relations and Reconciliation 1999; (p. 52-67)

— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 25 no. 1 1999; (p. 10-38)
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When the Object Speaks, A Postcolonial Encounter : Anthropological Representations and Aboriginal Women's Self-Presentations Aileen Moreton-Robinson , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Discourse : Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education , December vol. 19 no. 3 1998; (p. 275-289)
Too Obvious To See : Aboriginal Sprituality and Cosmology Penny Tripcony , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues , December vol. 2 no. 4 1999; (p. 5-12)
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