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Issue Details: First known date: 2007... 2007 Black Diamonds
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'It is 1914 and Lithgow is booming. Daniel is a young German-Australian, a coalminer and a socialist; Francine is a bourgeois Irish Catholic princess, the too-good-for-this-place daughter of one of the mine's owners. When their paths collide, they fall in love despite themselves. But before their signatures on the marriage certificate are dry, World War I erupts, throwing in their path a new and much more terrifying obstacle. Against his principles but driven by a sense of solidarity, Daniel enlists; Francine, horrified, has no choice but to support him. As they hurtle towards a daunting world of war, separation and grief, the novel explores ideals of heroism and femininity, the thin line between courage and stupidity, and the resilience of individuals in a rapidly changing, uncertain world.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: For my darlingest.
  • Epigraph: [Australian history] does not read like history, but like the most beautiful lies...but they are all true, they all happened. - Mark Twain, Following the Equator, 1897
  • Epigraph: Australian sons let us rejoice / For we are young and free. - 'Advance Australia Fair', 1879.
  • Epigraph: Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra / Gay your life must be. - Marion Sinclair, 1934.
  • Epigraph: Don't go to hell in order to give piratical, plutocratic parasites a bigger slice of Heaven. - Direct Action, Sydney, 1915
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2007 .
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      Extent: 506p.
      ISBN: 0732284139, 9780732284138
    • Millthorpe, Blayney area, Blayney - Cowra - Grenfell area, Central West NSW, New South Wales,: Jazz Monkey Publications , 2017 .
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      Extent: 450p.p.
      ISBN: 9781925579215, 9781925579222

Works about this Work

In Short : Fiction Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9-10 June 2007; (p. 38)

— Review of Black Diamonds Kim Kelly , 2007 single work novel
Cracks of Credibility In a Uniform Style Dorothy Johnston , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Tha Canberra Times , 19 May 2007; (p. 19)

— Review of Black Diamonds Kim Kelly , 2007 single work novel
Books Fiction Elli Housden , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 12 - 13 May 2007; (p. 22)

— Review of Black Diamonds Kim Kelly , 2007 single work novel
Books Fiction Elli Housden , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 12 - 13 May 2007; (p. 22)

— Review of Black Diamonds Kim Kelly , 2007 single work novel
Cracks of Credibility In a Uniform Style Dorothy Johnston , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Tha Canberra Times , 19 May 2007; (p. 19)

— Review of Black Diamonds Kim Kelly , 2007 single work novel
In Short : Fiction Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9-10 June 2007; (p. 38)

— Review of Black Diamonds Kim Kelly , 2007 single work novel
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