The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.
The relationship between Australia and England was changed through cricket. '...Bradman's cricketing duel with England...helped spare Australians undue angst when the time came...for the two countries to go their separate ways in the world.' (p.18)
Examining the literary career of Marcus Clarke, Tony Moore concludes that 'Clarke was Australia's first celebrity writer, adopting the pose of the inner-city slacker, an alternative to the prissy middle class and the grin-and-bear-it bushie. More the sceptical satirist than the true believer, he offered the promise of a different way of being a cultured rebel.'
Baldwin writes: 'Home is not just a physical place. It's also an inner landscape, made up of all that you hold most dear.' In this sense, she revisits her English heritage and recognises her attachment to England as 'home'.
Note: Expanded version.
With title: Are We Home Yet?
Louis Nowra discusses the relationships between the first settlers and the Eora people in Sydney, New South Wales and the effect on each of each other's noises and language sounds. A parallel comment on Nowra's relationship with an elderly neighbour, and her accusations against him of noise making and the effect this has on his sensitivity to sounds around him in modern day Sydney, runs alongside part of the essay.
The first of the three 'Best of' collections, Best Australian Essays was initiated in 1998 (then published by Bookman Press) under the guidance of executive chair Morry Schwartz and edited by Peter Craven. In March 2018, Black Inc, announced the cancellation of all three, replaced by the series Best Summer Stories.