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'It is 1905 and brothers Yung and Shun eke out a living as green grocers near Wellington's bustling Chinatown. The pair work to support their families back in China, but know they must adapt if they are to survive and prosper in their adopted home.

'Nearby, Katherine McKechnie struggles to raise her rebellious son and daughter following the death of her husband Donald. A strident right-wing newspaperman, Donald terrorised his family, though was idolised by his son.

'Chancing upon Yung's grocery store one day, Katherine is touched by the Chinaman's unexpected generosity. In time, a clandestine relationship develops between the immigrant and the widow, a relationship Katherine's son Robbie cannot abide...

'As World War I rolls on, and young men are swept up on a tide of macho patriotism, Robbie takes his family's honour into his own hands. In doing so, he places his mother at the heart of a tragedy that will affect everyone and everything she holds dear.'

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  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2009 .
      Extent: 270p.
      ISBN: 9780330424882 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Ruins or Foundations : Great War Literature in the Australian Curriculum Clare Rhoden , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 12 no. 1 2012;
'The Great War has been represented in Australian curricula since 1914, in texts with tones ranging from bellicose patriotism to idealistic pacifism. Australian curricula have included war literature as one way of transmitting cultural values, values that continue to evolve as successive generations relate differently to war and peace. Changes in ethical perspectives and popular feeling have guided text selection and pedagogy, so that texts which were once accepted as foundational to Australian society seem, at later times, to document civilisation's ruin.

In recent years, overseas texts have been preferred above Australian examples as mediators of the Great War, an event still held by many to be of essential importance to Australia. This paper first considers arguments for including Great War texts on the national curriculum, exploring what war literature can, and cannot, be expected to bring to the program. Interrogating the purpose/s of war literature in the curriculum and the ways in which the texts may be used to meet such expectations, the paper then discusses styles of war texts and investigates whether there is a case for including more texts by Australian authors.' (Author's abstract)
First Novel in Line for Award 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The New Zealand Herald , 22 June 2010;
Forbidden Love Tedi Busch , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Nelson Mail , 22 July 2009; (p. 16)

— Review of As the Earth Turns Silver Alison Wong , 2009 single work novel
Lyrical Story of Forbidden Love Judith McKinnon , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The New Zealand Herald , 25 July 2009;

— Review of As the Earth Turns Silver Alison Wong , 2009 single work novel
Untitled Lucy Sussex , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 2 August 2009; (p. 23)

— Review of As the Earth Turns Silver Alison Wong , 2009 single work novel
Fiction Books Jason Nahrung , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 - 26 July 2009; (p. 22)

— Review of Horn Peter M. Ball , 2009 single work novella ; As the Earth Turns Silver Alison Wong , 2009 single work novel
Fiction Cuts to Terrible Truth Bronwyn Dorreen , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Waikato Times , 4 December 2009; (p. 8)

— Review of As the Earth Turns Silver Alison Wong , 2009 single work novel
Untitled 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Taranaki Daily News , 14 November 2009; (p. 10)

— Review of As the Earth Turns Silver Alison Wong , 2009 single work novel
Paperbacks Veronica Sen , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 4 October 2009; (p. 26)

— Review of As the Earth Turns Silver Alison Wong , 2009 single work novel
Masterpiece First Novel by Wong Gavin McLean , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Otago Daily Times , 22 August 2009;

— Review of As the Earth Turns Silver Alison Wong , 2009 single work novel
First Novel in Line for Award 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The New Zealand Herald , 22 June 2010;
Ruins or Foundations : Great War Literature in the Australian Curriculum Clare Rhoden , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 12 no. 1 2012;
'The Great War has been represented in Australian curricula since 1914, in texts with tones ranging from bellicose patriotism to idealistic pacifism. Australian curricula have included war literature as one way of transmitting cultural values, values that continue to evolve as successive generations relate differently to war and peace. Changes in ethical perspectives and popular feeling have guided text selection and pedagogy, so that texts which were once accepted as foundational to Australian society seem, at later times, to document civilisation's ruin.

In recent years, overseas texts have been preferred above Australian examples as mediators of the Great War, an event still held by many to be of essential importance to Australia. This paper first considers arguments for including Great War texts on the national curriculum, exploring what war literature can, and cannot, be expected to bring to the program. Interrogating the purpose/s of war literature in the curriculum and the ways in which the texts may be used to meet such expectations, the paper then discusses styles of war texts and investigates whether there is a case for including more texts by Australian authors.' (Author's abstract)
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