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The Harp in the South Novels - Ruth Park

The Harp in the South Novels

By: Ruth Park

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Covering a span of over thirty years in the life of the Darcy family, these three iconic novels from Ruth Park take us from first love to hardship via outback Australia and the streets of Surry Hills. In "Missus", we read about the adolescence and courtship of Hughie Darcy and the innocent Margaret in the dirt and dust of rural Australia. We next meet the pair in "The Harp in the South", where they run a flea-bitten boarding house in Surry Hills with their two daughters, Roie and Dolour. Making ends meet is hard in the slums of Sydney, and love is not kind to Roie as she takes her first steps into adulthood. Lastly we watch Dolour grow up all too fast in "Poor Man's Orange", as Hughie and Margaret struggle to keep their relationship alive after so many years together. At times confronting, often affectionate, this is a remarkable portrait of an Australian working-class family of the time.

About the Author

Born in New Zealand, Ruth Park moved to Australia in 1942 to continue her career as a journalist. 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 Letters from the University of New South Wales. Ruth Park lives in Sydney.

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" three for the price of one"

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        Comments about The Harp in the South Novels:

        Our bookclub selected The Harp in the South for our next read. I decided to by this Penguin classic that contains the prequel Missus and the sequel Poor Mans Orange. So glad I did, great read, and despite each novel being great in itself just think getting the full picture just enhances this.

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        One of my best treasures

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          Filling my bookkshalves with every book I look forward to reading or re- reading

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          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: 9780143180159
          ISBN-10: 0143180150
          Series: Penguin Modern Classics Ser.
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 696
          Published: 2nd March 2009
          Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1  x 5.0
          Weight (kg): 19.7
          Edition Number: 1