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Issue Details: First known date: 1997... 1997 Jessica
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form y Jessica Bryce Courtenay's Jessica Peter Yeldham , 2004 Sydney Australia Geneva : Screentime Network Ten Powercorp , 2004 Z1131698 2004 single work film/TV

A sweeping saga of love, deceit and sacrifice set during the early years of the twentieth century in the farmlands around Narrandera, then a small frontier town in rural south-west New South Wales. The narrative focuses on the Bergman sisters, Jessica, the feisty tomboy who loves to help her father work their farmland, and her beautiful sister, Meg, who is being groomed by her mother, Hester, to be the perfect wife so that she can marry her way out of poverty. However, Richard, the man that Meg has set her sights on, falls in love with Jessica, and they later have a son. Undeterred, Hester schemes to wrench the couple apart so that Meg can claim both Richard and his son. She eventually commits her daughter to a mental asylum, and it is there Jessica receives news of her lover's death and almost loses hope. After enlisting the help of Mr Runche, a down-and-out lawyer battling alcoholism, she is eventually released and, years later, it is the reformed Runche who gives Jessica the courage to fight for the return of her child.

Notes

  • Also published in braille and sound recording formats.
  • Selected in December 2004 by the Australian public in an ABC poll as Australia's 58th favourite book.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Viking , 1997 .
      Extent: 587p.
      ISBN: 0734300905
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Viking , 1998 .
      Extent: 587p.
      ISBN: 0670883514
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Michael Joseph ,
      1999 .
      Extent: 587p.
      ISBN: 071814399X
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1999 .
      Courtesy of Penguin.
      Extent: 676p.
      ISBN: 0140279601
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Penguin ,
      2000 .
      Extent: 587p.
      ISBN: 0140279601(pbk.)
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2004 .
      Extent: 676p.
      ISBN: 0143002392
    • Scoresby, Ferntree Gully area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2014 .
      9034879914737183250.jpg
      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 680p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 1 November 2014
      ISBN: 9780734311795
Language: French
    • Paris,
      c
      France,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      JC Lattes ,
      2000 .
      Extent: 457p.
      ISBN: 2709621312

Works about this Work

Showman Who Knew the Power of a Story Blanche Clark , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 24 November 2012; (p. 26-27)
Truth of Fiction Laurie Clancy , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February-March no. 208 1999; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Jessica Bryce Courtenay 1997 single work novel
Loss of Character Margaret Anderson , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 8 February 1999; (p. 8)

— Review of Jessica Bryce Courtenay 1997 single work novel
Murrumbidgee Dreaming, and Innocence Lost Ralph Elliott , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 9 January 1999; (p. 18)

— Review of Jessica Bryce Courtenay 1997 single work novel
Research and Destroy Kathy Hunt , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12-13 December 1998; (p. 12)

— Review of Jessica Bryce Courtenay 1997 single work novel
Coming Soon 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 25 October 1998; (p. 19)

— Review of Jessica Bryce Courtenay 1997 single work novel
One Long Country Song Diana Simmonds , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 1 December vol. 117 no. 6151 1998; (p. 77)

— Review of Jessica Bryce Courtenay 1997 single work novel
Popular - Except with the Critics Chris Brice , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 5 December 1998; (p. 21)

— Review of Jessica Bryce Courtenay 1997 single work novel
Bring on the Jaffas Robert Dixon , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 12 December 1998; (p. 7)

— Review of Jessica Bryce Courtenay 1997 single work novel
Research and Destroy Kathy Hunt , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12-13 December 1998; (p. 12)

— Review of Jessica Bryce Courtenay 1997 single work novel
Showman Who Knew the Power of a Story Blanche Clark , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 24 November 2012; (p. 26-27)
Written on the Wind Caroline Baum , 1998 single work column
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 1 December vol. 117 no. 6151 1998; (p. 77)
Struck by the Power of One Story Lucy Clark , 1998 single work biography
— Appears in: The Mercury , 26 November 1998; (p. 19)
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  • Narrandera area, Leeton - Narrandera area, Riverina - Murray area, New South Wales,
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