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Issue Details: First known date: 1990... 1990 The Devil's Own
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When fifteen-year-old Julianna leaves her father's yacht to explore an island off the coast of Western Australia, she becomes part of a three-hundred-year-old mystery of shipwreck, mutiny and murder. A novel set around the Batavia's 1629 shipwreck, and the subsequent mutiny and murder on the Abrolhos Islands.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Glebe, Glebe - Leichhardt - Balmain area, Sydney Inner West, Sydney, New South Wales,: Walter McVitty Books , 1990 .
      Extent: 169p.
      Description: illus., map
      Reprinted: 1991
      ISBN: 094918327X (pbk.), 0949183261
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Holiday House ,
      1991 .
      Extent: 169p.
      Description: illus., map
      ISBN: 082340871X
    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Lothian , 2000 .
      Extent: 169p.
      Description: illus., map
      ISBN: 0734401280

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  • Also braille, sound recording.

Works about this Work

Untitled Jean Doran , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 14 no. 2 2000; (p. 72-73)

— Review of The Devil's Own Deborah Lisson , 1990 single work novel
'Lineaments of Gratified [Parental] Desire': Romance and Domestication in Some Recent Australian Children's Fiction L. M. Rutherford , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , April vol. 4 no. 1 1993; (p. 3-13)
Rutherford examines two novels intended for an adolescent, female readership, Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park and The Devil's Own by Deborah Lisson and in which an anti-social female child, 'is domesticated and rendered safe by means of an initiation into romantic love' (3). She argues that in both narratives, the child becomes a 'woman' by attaining a complimentary (male) lover who makes her 'complete' and that 'by means of this process the child becomes colonized to the needs of the adult members of the family' (3). This follows the traditional paradigm of romantic fiction, whereby the ideological construction of 'the mother under patriarchy' is maintained and perpetuated by way of the female hero and her quest to find the male counterpart which will complete her (3). Rutherford suggests that rather than representing childhood, both novels fundamentally represent 'parental anxieties about the child's desire for autonomy' (3) and instead of a narrative concerned with female adolescent desire, the texts inhere 'adult anxieties about the potentially uncontollable female child' and as such, continue to support 'the domestication of female sexuality' (12).
Untitled Anne Lynch , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 6 no. 1 1991; (p. 31)

— Review of The Devil's Own Deborah Lisson , 1990 single work novel
Untitled Peg Goode , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 35 no. 3 1991; (p. 29)

— Review of The Devil's Own Deborah Lisson , 1990 single work novel
The Children's Book of the Year Awards Shortlist Margot Tyrrell , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 6 no. 2 1991; (p. 20-22)

— Review of Magic Beach Alison Lester , 1990 single work picture book ; My Cat Maisie Pamela Allen , 1990 single work picture book ; Counting on Frank Rod Clement , 1990 single work picture book ; Greetings from Sandy Beach Bob Graham , 1990 single work picture book ; Hector and Maggie Janet McLean , 1990 single work picture book ; Scallywag Jeannette Rowe , 1990 single work picture book ; Boris and Borsch Robin Klein , 1990 single work picture book ; First at Last : And Other Stories Julia McClelland , 1990 selected work children's fiction ; The Black Duck Eleanor Nilsson , 1990 single work children's fiction ; Mervyn's Revenge Leone Peguero , 1990 single work children's fiction ; Finders Keepers Emily Rodda , 1990 single work children's fiction ; Captain Deadlight's Treasure S. A. Wakefield , 1990 single work children's fiction ; The Farseekers Isobelle Carmody , 1990 single work novel ; Strange Objects Gary Crew , 1990 single work novel ; The Devil's Own Deborah Lisson , 1990 single work novel ; Brother Night Victor Kelleher , 1990 single work novel ; Speaking to Miranda Caroline Macdonald , 1990 single work novel ; The Family Book of Mary Claire Eleanor Spence , 1990 single work novel
Untitled Peg Goode , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 35 no. 3 1991; (p. 29)

— Review of The Devil's Own Deborah Lisson , 1990 single work novel
Untitled Anne Lynch , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 6 no. 1 1991; (p. 31)

— Review of The Devil's Own Deborah Lisson , 1990 single work novel
Untitled Jean Doran , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 14 no. 2 2000; (p. 72-73)

— Review of The Devil's Own Deborah Lisson , 1990 single work novel
The Best for the Children Leonie Tyle , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 30 March 1991; (p. 5)

— Review of Speaking to Miranda Caroline Macdonald , 1990 single work novel ; The Family Book of Mary Claire Eleanor Spence , 1990 single work novel ; The Devil's Own Deborah Lisson , 1990 single work novel ; The Farseekers Isobelle Carmody , 1990 single work novel ; Brother Night Victor Kelleher , 1990 single work novel ; Hector and Maggie Janet McLean , 1990 single work picture book ; Strange Objects Gary Crew , 1990 single work novel ; First at Last : And Other Stories Julia McClelland , 1990 selected work children's fiction ; My Cat Maisie Pamela Allen , 1990 single work picture book ; Captain Deadlight's Treasure S. A. Wakefield , 1990 single work children's fiction ; Finders Keepers Emily Rodda , 1990 single work children's fiction ; Magic Beach Alison Lester , 1990 single work picture book ; Counting on Frank Rod Clement , 1990 single work picture book ; Greetings from Sandy Beach Bob Graham , 1990 single work picture book ; Boris and Borsch Robin Klein , 1990 single work picture book
Maintaining a High Standard Laurie Copping , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 20 July 1991; (p. C8)

— Review of The Devil's Own Deborah Lisson , 1990 single work novel ; Emma Keppler : two months in her life Colin Thiele , 1991 single work children's fiction
'Lineaments of Gratified [Parental] Desire': Romance and Domestication in Some Recent Australian Children's Fiction L. M. Rutherford , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , April vol. 4 no. 1 1993; (p. 3-13)
Rutherford examines two novels intended for an adolescent, female readership, Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park and The Devil's Own by Deborah Lisson and in which an anti-social female child, 'is domesticated and rendered safe by means of an initiation into romantic love' (3). She argues that in both narratives, the child becomes a 'woman' by attaining a complimentary (male) lover who makes her 'complete' and that 'by means of this process the child becomes colonized to the needs of the adult members of the family' (3). This follows the traditional paradigm of romantic fiction, whereby the ideological construction of 'the mother under patriarchy' is maintained and perpetuated by way of the female hero and her quest to find the male counterpart which will complete her (3). Rutherford suggests that rather than representing childhood, both novels fundamentally represent 'parental anxieties about the child's desire for autonomy' (3) and instead of a narrative concerned with female adolescent desire, the texts inhere 'adult anxieties about the potentially uncontollable female child' and as such, continue to support 'the domestication of female sexuality' (12).
Last amended 19 Oct 2005 13:43:37
Settings:
  • Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Dongara - Geraldton - Northampton area, Southwest Western Australia, Western Australia,
  • ca. 1990
  • 1692
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