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Issue Details: First known date: 1988... 1988 The Langton Quartet
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* Contents derived from the Richmond, East Melbourne - Richmond area, Melbourne, Victoria,:Heinemann , 1988 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Cardboard Crown, Martin Boyd , 1952 single work novel
Dominic Langton dies, leaving the family home to his brother, Guy Langton. There, Guy's discovery of letters written by his grandmother, Alice, provokes him to tell his family's history, with Alice as the central figure, in a novel. As a writer, he sets himself the task of discovering, narrating, and creating from the remnants of the past. (Source: Sydney University Press)
(p. 1-158)
A Difficult Young Man, Martin Boyd , 1955 single work novel

' Handsome, proud, reprehensible, misunderstood. Dominic Langton is the dark heart of A Difficult Young Man. His brother Guy can scarcely understand where he fits into the pattern of things or what he might do next. Martin Boyd’s much loved novel is an elegant, witty and compelling family tale about the contradictions of growing up.' (Publication summary)

(p. 161-327)
Outbreak of Love, Martin Boyd , 1957 single work novel

'Our minds are like those maps at the entrance to the Metro stations in Paris. They are full of unilluminated directions. But when we know where we want to go and press the right button, the route is illuminated before us in electric clarity.

Diana von Flugel warned her husband: a piece of toast that hard could break a tooth. When Diana goes to Melbourne to have the tooth fixed, Wolfie is far too concerned with finding inspiration for his musical compositions to realise the chain of events he has just set in motion. On Collins Street, Russell Lockwood catches a glimpse of his childhood friend and knows at once that she is a rare woman…

Now Diana and Wolfie’s marriage is under threat, the Great War is approaching, and no one quite knows where their hearts belong. First published in 1957, the third novel in Martin Boyd’s celebrated Langton Quartet is a beguiling comedy of manners about the outbreak of love in inconvenient places. ' (Publisher's blurb)

(p. 321-512)
When Blackbirds Sing, Martin Boyd , 1962 single work novel war literature

'At the outbreak of World War I, Dominic Langton leaves his wife on a remote sheep farm in New South Wales to enlist in the British Army. What he experiences in the trenches changes him forever; his return home sees him cast off his past and find his own integrity. He has seen the true nature of war–the senseless waste of life, the millions of young men condemned to pointless slaughter–and has emerged a wiser, but troubled, man.

'When Blackbirds Sing is a masterful recreation of the vanished world of 1914, and a moving and powerful testament to the devastation of war. In this final instalment of Martin Boyd's celebrated Langton Quartet, Boyd confirms his reputation as one of the most outstanding novelists Australia has ever produced. ' (Publication summary)

(p. 517-641)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Richmond, East Melbourne - Richmond area, Melbourne, Victoria,: Heinemann , 1988 .
      Extent: 641p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduced by Brian McFarlane.
      ISBN: 0855612428

Works about this Work

The Fortunes of Martin Boyd Elspeth Sandys , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 299 2008; (p. 29-30)
Elspeth Sandys writes of her frustrated, but undiminished, hope of filming an adaptation of Martin Boyd's The Langton Quartet.
Martin Boyd : A Loner and Gifted Battler Ken L. Goodwin , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 3 December 1988; (p. 6)

— Review of The Langton Quartet Martin Boyd , 1988 selected work novel
Martin Boyd : A Loner and Gifted Battler Ken L. Goodwin , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 3 December 1988; (p. 6)

— Review of The Langton Quartet Martin Boyd , 1988 selected work novel
The Fortunes of Martin Boyd Elspeth Sandys , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 299 2008; (p. 29-30)
Elspeth Sandys writes of her frustrated, but undiminished, hope of filming an adaptation of Martin Boyd's The Langton Quartet.
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