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A Sand Archive : Shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Award - Gregory Day

A Sand Archive

Shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Award

Paperback Published: 24th April 2018
ISBN: 9781760552145
Number Of Pages: 320

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Shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Award

Long before I ever met him I knew his name from the leaky dessicated type of a grey-brown slim volume, cheaply printed but essential to my research...

Seeking stories of Australia's Great Ocean Road, a young writer stumbles across a small, technical manual from a minor player in the road's history: Dune Stabilisation and Other Engineering Difficulties by FB Herschell.

It is a volume unremarkable in every way, save for the surprising portrait of its author that can be read between its lines: a vision of a man who writes with uncanny poetry about sand.

And as he continues to mine the archive of FB Herschell - engineer, historian, philosopher - it is not the subject, but the man who begins to fascinate. A man whose private revolution among the streets of Paris and dunes of France begins to change the way he sees Australia's most famous coastal road...

ISBN: 9781760552145
ISBN-10: 1760552143
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 24th April 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.4

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Gregory Day

About the Author


Gregory Day is a writer, poet and musician whose debut novel, THE PATRON SAINT OF EELS (2005), won the prestigious Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 2006. His CDs include THE BLACK TOWER: SONGS FROM THE POETRY OF WB YEATS, which was hailed by the Yeats Society of Ireland as the finest musical interpretations of Yeats ever made, and THE FLASH ROAD: SCENES FROM THE BUILDING OF THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD. His second novel, RON MCCOY’S SEA OF DIAMONDS (2007), was shortlisted for the 2008 NSW Premiers Prize for Fiction. He lives with his family on the southwest coast of Victoria.

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