1965 First UK Edition.
Publisher - Michael Joseph, London.
Cover is hard bound with deep gray buckram binding. Excellent condition.
Dust Jacket is present. Designed by Jack Larkin. Author's bio on back cover. Edge-wear and some discolouration. Good condition.
End Papers are intact.
Preliminaries - Dedication, Extract from 'The Ballad of the Shiralee' by Ruth Park.
Main Text Body - 224 Pages. Fine and clean.
Edges are even and unworn. Shelf wear at top.
Spine is tight with no gutter damage. lettering.
Page Structure is sound with no missing pages.
A shiralee is a swag, a burden, a bloody millstone - and that's what four-year-old Buster is to her father, Macauley. He takes the child on the road with him to spite his wife, but months pass and still no word comes to ask for the little girl back. Strangers to each other at first, father and daughter drift aimlessly through the dusty towns of Australia, sleeping rough and relying on odd jobs for food and money. Buster's resilience and trust slowly erode Macauley's resentment, and when he's finally able to get rid of her, he realises he can't let his shiralee go. In evocative prose that vividly conjures images of rural Australia, The Shiralee reveal an understanding of the paradoxical nature of the burdens we carry, creates a moving portrait of fatherhood, told with gruff humour and a gentle pathos.
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