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'It is 1899, and one of the fiercest storms in history is brewing - a hurricane named Mahina.

'To a remote part of the Queensland coast come the hundreds of sails of the northern pearling fleets, and a native policeman trying to solve a murder. Nearly two thousand men, women and children are gathering around Cape Melville, right in the path of the storm that is about to cause Australia's deadliest natural disaster.

'Based on real events, this is the story of an unstoppable force of nature and the birth and death of an Australian dream.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Kirsty.
  • Epigraph: On the 4th and 5th of March, 1899. the East coast of Queensland, in the neighbourhood of Princess Charlotte Bay, between 13deg. 30min. and 14deg. 30min. S.L. was visited by a terrific hurricane, which destroyed vegetation on the shore, wrecked a lightship, schooners, and caused the loss of over 300 lives. The Pearling Dsaster, 1899 : A Memorial. (Outridge, Brisbane, 1899).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Fourth Estate , 2008 .
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      Extent: 373p.
      ISBN: 9780732283667 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Human's Changing Relationship to the Non-Human World Deborah Jordan , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Climate Change Narratives in Australian Fiction 2014; (p. 41-55)
'The environmental crises the human species faces are urgent. When the climate change literary critics Adam Trexler and Adeline John-Putra argue that climate change calls for a fundamental re-valuation of ourselves, even while it challenges us to put to use the critical cultural tools we have, 77 they are right. A fundamental re-evaluation is needed in face of the urgency, seriousness, complexity, immediacy, duration and global scope of the problems facing the human species. In the previous pages we have looked albeit briefly at some of the key novels addressing climate change scenarios which we can identify in Australian writing. Can the critics help us refine our concepts a little further?' (41)
Heeding the Warnings : 'Sucking up the Seas' in Vance Palmer’s Cyclone Deborah Jordan , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Etropic : Electronic Journal of Studies in the Tropics , no. 10 2011; (p. 20-31)
'Climate change literary criticism calls for fundamental re-evalutions of our critical tools. In representations of extreme weather events, Vance Palmer's Cyclone set in North Queensland meets many of the new criterion with its story about the impact of the cyclone on individuals, community and plot. The genesis and inspiration of the novel, its writing, its publication, review and reception can be addressed. The cyclone is seen through the perceptions of different characters. Vance and Nettie Palmer knew many of the people drowned in the 1934 cyclone. Palmer drew on the historical record in his novel, which was published over a decade later. The reception of Cyclone was very limited given it was published locally by Angus & Robertson and had no serious critical response. The environmental imagination has been a powerful force in Australia creative writing and is undervalued in contemporary debates.' (Author's abstract)
Untitled Heather Haskett , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 23 no. 1 2009; (p. 50-51)

— Review of The Devil's Eye Ian Townsend , 2008 single work novel
Fiction Books Mary Philip , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 3 - 4 January 2009; (p. 60)

— Review of The Devil's Eye Ian Townsend , 2008 single work novel
In Pursuit of What Has Been Hidden Jennifer Moran , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , December vol. 3 no. 11 2008; (p. 20-21)

— Review of The Devil's Eye Ian Townsend , 2008 single work novel ; Deception Michael Meehan , 2008 single work novel ; Into White Silence Anthony Eaton , 2008 single work novel ; The Sinkings Amanda Curtin , 2008 single work novel
Book of the Week Lucy Sussex , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 7 September 2008; (p. 27)

— Review of The Devil's Eye Ian Townsend , 2008 single work novel
Stormy but With Firm Hand on Tiller Ian McFarland , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 20 September 2008; (p. 15)

— Review of The Devil's Eye Ian Townsend , 2008 single work novel
Pick of the Week Cameron Woodhead , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 20 September 2008; (p. 22)

— Review of The Devil's Eye Ian Townsend , 2008 single work novel
ArtsBooks Phil Brown , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 22 - 28 October no. 708 2008; (p. 35)

— Review of The Devil's Eye Ian Townsend , 2008 single work novel ; Women of the Outback Sue Williams , 2008 single work biography ; Arabesques : A Tale of Double Lives Robert Dessaix , 2008 single work autobiography
In Pursuit of What Has Been Hidden Jennifer Moran , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , December vol. 3 no. 11 2008; (p. 20-21)

— Review of The Devil's Eye Ian Townsend , 2008 single work novel ; Deception Michael Meehan , 2008 single work novel ; Into White Silence Anthony Eaton , 2008 single work novel ; The Sinkings Amanda Curtin , 2008 single work novel
Heeding the Warnings : 'Sucking up the Seas' in Vance Palmer’s Cyclone Deborah Jordan , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Etropic : Electronic Journal of Studies in the Tropics , no. 10 2011; (p. 20-31)
'Climate change literary criticism calls for fundamental re-evalutions of our critical tools. In representations of extreme weather events, Vance Palmer's Cyclone set in North Queensland meets many of the new criterion with its story about the impact of the cyclone on individuals, community and plot. The genesis and inspiration of the novel, its writing, its publication, review and reception can be addressed. The cyclone is seen through the perceptions of different characters. Vance and Nettie Palmer knew many of the people drowned in the 1934 cyclone. Palmer drew on the historical record in his novel, which was published over a decade later. The reception of Cyclone was very limited given it was published locally by Angus & Robertson and had no serious critical response. The environmental imagination has been a powerful force in Australia creative writing and is undervalued in contemporary debates.' (Author's abstract)
Human's Changing Relationship to the Non-Human World Deborah Jordan , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Climate Change Narratives in Australian Fiction 2014; (p. 41-55)
'The environmental crises the human species faces are urgent. When the climate change literary critics Adam Trexler and Adeline John-Putra argue that climate change calls for a fundamental re-valuation of ourselves, even while it challenges us to put to use the critical cultural tools we have, 77 they are right. A fundamental re-evaluation is needed in face of the urgency, seriousness, complexity, immediacy, duration and global scope of the problems facing the human species. In the previous pages we have looked albeit briefly at some of the key novels addressing climate change scenarios which we can identify in Australian writing. Can the critics help us refine our concepts a little further?' (41)
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