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Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 The Ghost at the Wedding
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'In the year of 1914, in the canefields of northern New South Wales, the young men couldn't wait to set off for the adventure of war. The women coped as best they could, raised the children, lived in fear of being next to receive an official telegram. They grieved their dead, and came to learn that for returned men there are worse things than death in combat. They bore more children to replace those lost in the First World War, and the sons were just the right age to go off to the second.' Source: http://www.penguin.com.au/ (Sighted 06/07/2009).

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    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Liddell - Ravensworth area, Singleton area, Hunter Valley, Newcastle - Hunter Valley area, New South Wales,: Viking , 2009 .
      Extent: 246p.
      Note/s:
      • Dedication: For Hilda.
      • Epigraph: Man is in love and loves what vanishes, What more is there to say? W.B. Yeats
      • Includes author's note.
      ISBN: 9780670073887 (pbk.)

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— Appears in: Coolabah , no. 9 2012;
'Shirley Walker (1927), retired Senior Lecturer in English from the University of New
England at Armidale, where she taught Australian Literature, decided to try her own
hand at writing a memoir. The result is Roundabout at Bangalow: An Intimate
Chronicle
(2001), which is her account of growing up in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales in Australia. The author has also published numerous critical articles on Australian Literature, commenting thoroughly on the work of Mary Gilmore (1865- 1962), Judith Wright (1915-2000) and Dorothy Hewett (1923-2002). Walker has also published The Ghost at the Wedding (2009) based on the life of Walker's mother in law, a woman whose life was largely shaped by war, and who, in 1918 near the end of WW1, married a returned soldier. This biography, which was awarded the Asher Literary Prize (2009) and the Nita B Kibble Award (2010), Australia's premier award for women's writing, has been described as a major work of Australian literature and a major contribution to Australian history. The present article focuses on Roundabout at Bangalow: An Intimate Chronicle, where Walker narrates the complicated and, sometimes, blurred resonances of her "half-a-lifetime" memoir. This work exemplifies how Walker is deeply concerned with the unreliability of memory and the way it can exaggerate grievances or distort past perceptions, unloosing itself from historical and geographical truth and adopting first and foremost a primal function in the formation of identities.' (Author's Introduction)
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— Appears in: The Australian , 3 June 2010; (p. 17)
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— Review of The Ghost at the Wedding Shirley Walker , 2009 single work biography
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— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 26 July 2009; (p. 10-11)
Writer's 'Lyrical' Memoir Wins Kibble Prize 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 3 June 2010; (p. 17)
Quotes judging panel chairman, Robert Dixon, describing the winning work by Shirley Walker as 'a lyrical elegy to the generation before.'
He's Going Walkerbout Noel Mengel , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 3 March 2011; (p. 14)
Mapping a Memoir within Australian Landscapes : Shirley Walker Alejandra Moreno Álvarez , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Coolabah , no. 9 2012;
'Shirley Walker (1927), retired Senior Lecturer in English from the University of New
England at Armidale, where she taught Australian Literature, decided to try her own
hand at writing a memoir. The result is Roundabout at Bangalow: An Intimate
Chronicle
(2001), which is her account of growing up in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales in Australia. The author has also published numerous critical articles on Australian Literature, commenting thoroughly on the work of Mary Gilmore (1865- 1962), Judith Wright (1915-2000) and Dorothy Hewett (1923-2002). Walker has also published The Ghost at the Wedding (2009) based on the life of Walker's mother in law, a woman whose life was largely shaped by war, and who, in 1918 near the end of WW1, married a returned soldier. This biography, which was awarded the Asher Literary Prize (2009) and the Nita B Kibble Award (2010), Australia's premier award for women's writing, has been described as a major work of Australian literature and a major contribution to Australian history. The present article focuses on Roundabout at Bangalow: An Intimate Chronicle, where Walker narrates the complicated and, sometimes, blurred resonances of her "half-a-lifetime" memoir. This work exemplifies how Walker is deeply concerned with the unreliability of memory and the way it can exaggerate grievances or distort past perceptions, unloosing itself from historical and geographical truth and adopting first and foremost a primal function in the formation of identities.' (Author's Introduction)
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