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Swords and Crowns and Rings : Text Classics - Ruth Park

Swords and Crowns and Rings

Text Classics

By: Ruth Park, Alice Pung (Introduction by)


Published: 26th September 2012
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Ruth Park’s Miles Franklin-winning novel brilliantly evokes Australia in the midst of the Great Depression. Written with warmth and affection, Swords and Crowns and Rings is a powerful story about human nature and the strength of an unlikely love.

Growing up in an Australian country town before World War I, Jackie Hanna and Cushie Moy are carefree and innocent in their love for each other. But Jackie is a dwarf, and his devotion to the beautiful Cushie is condemned by her parents.

This is the story of their lifelong odyssey, and of the triumph of a special kind of courage.

In Swords and Crowns and Rings, Ruth Park brilliantly captures the mood of Australia in the first part of the twentieth century.

About the Author

Born in New Zealand in 1917, Ruth Park spent most of her adult life in Australia. She was widely read and well-loved for her books, which were as equally successful for adults as for children. She is best known for the novels The Harp in the South, Poor Man’s Orange and Swords and Crowns and Rings, for which she won the 1977 Miles Franklin Award.


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my favourite ruth park book


from perth, western australia

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Well Written


    Best Uses

    • Older Readers
    • Special Needs
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about Swords and Crowns and Rings:

    i ticked the special needs box because one of the
    main characters, jackie, is a dwarf and as such
    has some everyday obstacles to meet... he does so
    with tenacity and humour, a real hero.
    i have read this book several times and am pleased
    to give it pride of place on my bookshelf, when it
    comes time to weed out the books (or get a bigger
    bookshelf) this one will be staying!

    Comment on this review

    'The ever popular Ruth Park has written one of the best novels of the decade.' The Australian 'Almost impossible to put down...its characters keep on living in the imagination.' Sydney Sun 'A fairy tale of a novel.' Sydney Morning Herald

    Ruth Park

    Born in New Zealand, Ruth Park came to Australia in 1942 to continue her career as a journalist. She married the writer D'Arcy Niland and travelled with him through the north-west of New South Wales before settling in Sydney where she became a full-time writer.

    She has written over fifty books, and her many awards include the prestigious Miles Franklin Award for Swords and Crowns and Rings; the Australian Children's Book of the Year Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (USA) for Playing Beatie Bow and The Age Book of the Year Award for A Fence Around the Cuckoo.

    She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1987 and in 1994 was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letter from the University of New South Wales. Ruth Park passed away in December 2010

    Visit Ruth Park's Booktopia Author Page

    ISBN: 9781922079510
    ISBN-10: 1922079510
    Series: Text Classics
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 400
    Published: 26th September 2012
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 19.81 x 12.9  x 3.05
    Weight (kg): 19.9
    Edition Number: 1