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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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!
'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
Series: Text Classics
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 26th September 2012
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2 x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.33