'I am given to something which a man never pardons in a woman. You will draw away as though I were a snake when you hear.'
With this warning, Sybylla confesses to her rich and handsome suitor that she is given to writing stories and bound, therefore on a brilliant career. In this ironically titled and riotous first novel by Miles Franklin, originally published in 1901, Sybylla tells the story of growing up passionate and rebellious in rural NSW, where the most that girls could hope for was to marry or to teach. Sybylla will do neither, but that doesn't stop her from falling in love, and it doesn't make the choices any easier.
Included in this edition is the sequel, My Career Goes Bung, which sees Sybilla amongst the literati in Sydney.
About the Author
Miles Franklin (1879-1954) was born into a pioneering family settled in New South Wales, Australia. She wrote My Brilliant Career when she was only sixteen. Publication in 1901 brought instant fame and a notoriety that was so unwelcome that she forbade its republication until ten years after her death. Miles Franklin travelled to America, where she worked for the Women's Trade Union League, and later during WWI to London and Salonika, where she did war work. In 1933 she returned to Australia, where she spent the rest of her life. My Career Goes Bung, the sequel to My Brilliant Career, was published in 1946, and her autobiography, Childhood at Brindabella, posthumously in 1963.
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Comments about My Brilliant Career & My Career Goes Bung:
Apart from being written by Miles Franklin after whom the prize is named, this is a powerful insight into the effects that decisions make on one's life. I taught this at school and one of the boys said to me, "I didn't know women thought like that." So, you see, a thought provoking book for all.
I bought it for a relative who is not an enthusiastic reader but the Australian content and the ending I think will appeal to her.
Series: A&R classics
For Ages: 11 - 14 years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st March 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.43