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Issue Details: First known date: 1978... 1978 Virago Modern Classics
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y separately published work icon The Persimmon Tree and Other Stories Marjorie Barnard , Sydney : Clarendon , 1943 Z961803 1943 selected work short story
y separately published work icon Blue Skies & Jack and Jill Helen Hodgman , Camden : Virago , 1989 Z422759 1989 selected work novel satire
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y separately published work icon Dark Places of the Heart Cotter's England Christina Stead , New York (City) : Holt, Rinehart and Winston , 1966 Z462580 1966 single work novel

'Cotters' England follows the lives of Nellie Cook, sister Peggy Cotter and brother Tom. Set in post-war England, it is a study of politics and betrayal in Nellie's professional and personal life. It is a story of smothered aspirations and dashed hopes, as class politics trap the Cotters and stifle their attempts to break free from the boundaries of the working- and middle-classes.

'The book is also an exploration of love and sexuality. An undercurrent of incestuous flirtation and a lesbian affair add further strain to Nellie's relationships with family and friends, driving one of them to suicide. By the renowned author of The Man Who Loved Children, this is the first Stead work to be set wholly in England. It weaves a strange and compelling story that explores the limits of class, politics, lust and passion.' (Publication summary)

London : Virago , 1980
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y separately published work icon Trooper to the Southern Cross Angela Thirkell , London : Faber , 1934 Z220878 1934 single work novel humour A fictional account of Angela Thirkell's journey to Australia. London : Virago , 1985
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y separately published work icon The Persimmon Tree and Other Stories Marjorie Barnard , Sydney : Clarendon , 1943 Z961803 1943 selected work short story London : Virago , 1985
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y separately published work icon Painted Clay Capel Boake , Melbourne : Australasian Authors' Agency , 1917 Z176406 1917 single work novel London : Virago , 1986
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y separately published work icon The Overlanders : A Novel Dora Birtles , London : World Film Publications , 1946 Z796417 1946 single work novel

Novel, based on the film of the same name, about a droving expedition from the east Kimberleys, Western Australia through the Northern Territory and Queensland during World War II; secondary characters include Aboriginal characters.

London : Virago , 1987
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y separately published work icon Borderline Janette Turner Hospital , Sydney Sevenoaks : Hodder and Stoughton , 1985 Z382085 1985 single work novel The lives of a Canadian and an American become entangled when they meet a female refugee from El Salvador at a border crossing. London : Virago , 1990
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y separately published work icon The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard , New York (City) : Viking , 1980 Z391036 1980 single work novel (taught in 6 units) London : Virago , 1995
y separately published work icon Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) Christina Stead , New York (City) : Random House , 1976 Z457088 1976 single work novel

'Eleanor Herbert Brent is a beautiful woman - tall, blond and athletic. Sexuality forms her personality and as a young English graduate on the loose in London, she savours the capacity to excite - and sleep with - every man she meets. At the same time she is deeply conventional, believing in respectability, in the desire to be a wife and mother in the 'dear old-fashioned way'. But real love between a man and a woman - something which could transform her into the passionate woman she really is - Eleanor determinedly avoids. When she is thirty she marries and has children. However, her wholesome but unsatisfying suburban life collapses with the departure of her pompous prig of a husband. She survives to find some success on the fringes of literary life, new lovers, new friends, but never to know herself. Eleanor is a literary portrait on a magnificent scale, but she is more than that. Divided in herself and deeply self-deluded, Eleanor's life is a powerful metaphor for the England of the 1920s to the 1950s through which she lives.' (Publication summary)

London : Virago , 1979
y separately published work icon The Getting of Wisdom Henry Handel Richardson , London : Heinemann , 1910 Z901329 1910 single work novel (taught in 25 units)

'A coming-of-age story of a spontaneous heroine who finds herself ensconced in the rigidity of a turn-of-the-century boarding school. The clever and highly imaginative Laura has difficulty fitting in with her wealthy classmates and begins to compromise her ideals in her search for popularity and acceptance.' (From the publisher's website.)

London : Virago , 1981
y separately published work icon The Getting of Wisdom Henry Handel Richardson , London : Heinemann , 1910 Z901329 1910 single work novel (taught in 25 units)

'A coming-of-age story of a spontaneous heroine who finds herself ensconced in the rigidity of a turn-of-the-century boarding school. The clever and highly imaginative Laura has difficulty fitting in with her wealthy classmates and begins to compromise her ideals in her search for popularity and acceptance.' (From the publisher's website.)

New York (City) : Dial Press , 1981
y separately published work icon Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) Christina Stead , New York (City) : Random House , 1976 Z457088 1976 single work novel

'Eleanor Herbert Brent is a beautiful woman - tall, blond and athletic. Sexuality forms her personality and as a young English graduate on the loose in London, she savours the capacity to excite - and sleep with - every man she meets. At the same time she is deeply conventional, believing in respectability, in the desire to be a wife and mother in the 'dear old-fashioned way'. But real love between a man and a woman - something which could transform her into the passionate woman she really is - Eleanor determinedly avoids. When she is thirty she marries and has children. However, her wholesome but unsatisfying suburban life collapses with the departure of her pompous prig of a husband. She survives to find some success on the fringes of literary life, new lovers, new friends, but never to know herself. Eleanor is a literary portrait on a magnificent scale, but she is more than that. Divided in herself and deeply self-deluded, Eleanor's life is a powerful metaphor for the England of the 1920s to the 1950s through which she lives.' (Publication summary)

London : Virago , 1982
y separately published work icon The Roaring Nineties : A Story of the Goldfields in Western Australia Katharine Susannah Prichard , London Sydney : Jonathan Cape Australasian Publishing Co. , 1946 Z922520 1946 single work novel historical fiction

'A story of friendship and love set in the goldfields of Western Australia in the 1890s. The determined Sally Gough braves hardship and danger in this classic tale of pioneering Australia.' (Source: Bookseller's website.)

London : Virago , 1983
y separately published work icon Maurice Guest Henry Handel Richardson , London : Heinemann , 1908 Z821550 1908 single work novel (taught in 6 units)

'A passionate and controversial novel set in turn-of-the-century Europe

'Henry Handel Richardson’s debut, published in London in 1908, is set in the music scene of Leipzig, a cosmopolitan centre for the arts drawing students from around the world—among them Maurice Guest, a young Englishman, who falls helplessly in love with an Australian woman, Louise Dufrayer. Maurice Guest is the story of this overwhelming passion.

'The novel was deemed too controversial to be published as Richardson intended, and she was forced to cut twenty thousand words from the original manuscript and tone down its language.' (Publication summary)

New York (City) : Dial Press , 1983
y separately published work icon Tomorrow and Tomorrow M. Barnard Eldershaw , Melbourne : Georgian House , 1947 Z858288 1947 single work novel science fiction 'Tomorrow is a novel within a novel. Knarf (read it backwards and remember Dalby Davison) is a 24-century novelist who has written an historical novel about a group of Sydney people in the 20th century.

'His story begins in the 20s, runs through the Depression, faithfully describes the course of WWII until the time when the date catches up with the story, and Marjorie had to begin to prophesy'. Source: review, 'The Censorship of Yesterday Hid a Great Tomorrow'.
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
London : Virago , 1983
y separately published work icon Winged Seeds Katharine Susannah Prichard , Sydney London : Australasian Publishing Co. Jonathan Cape , 1950 Z922528 1950 single work novel historical fiction London : Virago , 1984
y separately published work icon The Little Company Eleanor Dark , Sydney : Collins , 1945 Z897263 1945 single work novel London : Virago , 1985
y separately published work icon The Newspaper of Claremont Street : A Novel Elizabeth Jolley , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1981 Z183775 1981 single work novel

'Weekly, nicknamed The Newspaper, cleans the houses on Claremont Street, spreading the neighbourhood gossip as she works. No one knows or cares where Weekly goes in her spare time, or what she dreams of at night – no one, that is, until Nastasya discovers her secret.' (Publication summary)

London : Virago , 2000
y separately published work icon The Sugar Mother Elizabeth Jolley , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1988 Z377530 1988 single work novel

'Edwin Page, a fussy middle-aged professor, no sooner bids farewell to his obstetrician wife, Cecilia, who accepted a fellowship abroad, when his new neighbors, Mrs. Botts and her sexy, twentyish daughter, Leila, arrive. Since they're locked out of their house, Edwin invites them in—and then can't get them to leave. He becomes obsessed with Leila and convinces himself that she is a perfect surrogate mother for the childless Cecilia.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Persea ed.).

London : Virago , 2000
y separately published work icon The Fox at the Manger P. L. Travers , London : Collins , 1963 9278480 1963 single work children's fiction children's fable

'Three young boys in postwar London at Christmas time hear a story of the fox who came to the manger to see the Christ Child, and defended to the other animals his right to be there and his gift for the child.'

Source: Trove.

London : Virago , 2015

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First known date: 1978
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Works about this Work

The Stories of Our Lives Carmen Callil , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 10 May 2008; (p. 24-25)

— Appears in: The Guardian , 26 April 2008;
The Stories of Our Lives Carmen Callil , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 10 May 2008; (p. 24-25)

— Appears in: The Guardian , 26 April 2008;
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