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Moving Among Strangers : Randolph Stow and My Family - Gabrielle Carey

Moving Among Strangers

Randolph Stow and My Family

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Published: 23rd October 2013
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Two literary lives defined by storytelling and secrets.

As her mother Joan lies dying, Gabrielle Carey writes a letter to Joan's childhood friend, the reclusive novelist Randolph Stow. This letter sets in motion a literary pilgrimage that reveals long-buried family secrets. Like her mother, Stow had grown up in Western Australia. After early literary success and a Miles Franklin Award win in 1958 for his novel To the Islands, he left for England and a life of self-imposed exile.

Living most of her life on the east coast, Gabrielle was also estranged from her family's west Australian roots, but never questioned why. A devoted fan of Stow's writing, she becomes fascinated by his connection with her mother, but before she can meet him he dies. With only a few pieces of correspondence to guide her, Gabrielle embarks on a journey from the red-dirt landscape of Western Australia to the English seaside town of Harwich to understand her family's past and Stow's place in it. Moving Among Strangers is a celebration of one of Australia's most enigmatic and visionary writers.

About the Author

Gabrielle Carey is the author of novels, biography, autobiography,essays, articles and short stories, including Confessions of a Teenage Celebrity , about the tumultuous time surrounding the writing and publishing of Puberty Blues . Gabrielle teaches writing at the University of Technology, Sydney, where her long-standing preoccupation with James Joyce is happily tolerated. Her most recent publication was a contribution to Collaborative Dubliners: Joyce in Dialogue. Gabrielle is currently researching the life and work of Australian novelist and poet Randolph Stow.

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5.0

A delight to read

By Charleville Girl

from Blackburn, Vic, AU

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Pros

  • A Delight To Read
  • A Most Engaging Story
  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written
  • Written With The Lightest

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    A book for keen readers and most suitable for Australians. I have recommended it to my Readers Circle and I just loved it.

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    Moving among Strangers.

    By Milly

    from Brisbane

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Informative
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

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      A sensitive insight into Randolph Stow through his correspondence with an older childhood female friend.

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      ISBN: 9780702249921
      ISBN-10: 0702249920
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 240
      Published: 23rd October 2013
      Publisher: University of Queensland Press
      Dimensions (cm): 20.7 x 13.3  x 1.2
      Weight (kg): 20.7