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My Brilliant Career : Text Classics - Miles Franklin

My Brilliant Career

Text Classics

By: Miles Franklin, Jennifer Byrne (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 26th April 2012
ISBN: 9781921922190
Number Of Pages: 288

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This is not a romance—I have too often faced the music of life to the tune of hardship to waste time in snivelling and gushing over fancies and dreams; neither is it a novel, but simply a yarn—a real yarn. Oh!

Written with all the high spirits of youth, My Brilliant Career is the unforgettable tale of Sybylla Melvin, a headstrong country girl—passionate, endearing, stubborn, honest—and her fraught journey from rags to riches to rags.

About the Author

Miles Franklin was born in central New South Wales, in 1879. By the age of twenty, Franklin had completed her first novel, My Brilliant Career. After it was rejected by local publishers, she sent it to Henry Lawson, who called it ‘the first great Australian novel’. He helped her to get it published in Britain in 1901. Miles Franklin published nineteen novels and provided for the creation of the Miles Franklin Award, Australia’s premier literary award.

Review by John Purcell

In 1901, Miles Franklin bottled youth in her extraordinary novel, My Brilliant Career.

For the old and weary, like myself, just opening the pages can revive body and soul. For the young, My Brilliant Career can refine the senses, broaden horizons, sharpen the wit and confirm what they always suspected, that the old should be ignored.

Bright, clear, vibrant and shocking in its determination to represent women as having choices of their very own, My Brilliant Career, is a novel which needs to be recommended and read more often.

Industry Reviews

`The book is true to Australia-the truest I ever read.' -- Henry Lawson
'Franklin shines an intense light not only into the deep recesses of a bright young mind but on the dark corners of inequality caused by "the rope of class distinction". Indeed, the author is most searingly brilliant when depicting those who poignantly fail to achieve brilliance.' * Guardian *

Surprisingly disappointing, but glad I read it


I had great expectations as I made my way through all the classics, but was sadly disappointed. I found the book difficult to follow, couldn't get into it and in the end forced myself to read on either hoping it was going to get better, or at a minimum get to the end. I'm guessing Miles Franklin wrote other, better pieces of work in order for her name to be associated with awards.



Great quick read


A great Australian story with gorgeous detail of historical country farming. Sybella is a wonderful, strong and willful character especially for young readers, spiritual sister to Anne Shirley and Green Gables but with less snow and more flies. Read it!



Bitter sweet


Ms Franklin's insights into the early days of Australian pioneering farming families is fresh and easy to read and not stuffy in the slightest. Her crafting of characters brings them very much to life and draws the reader into her own "brilliant career". The book is written as a biography, and the only "sore point" is the hurtful way her character speaks to the man who truly loves her and who she shuns.

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ISBN: 9781921922190
ISBN-10: 1921922192
Series: Text Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 26th April 2012
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1

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