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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!

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

    Ruth Park

    Another in a long line of writers born elsewhere yet able to capture Australian life so beautifully, Ruth Park’s writing has had a lasting effect on both adults and children for over 60 years.

    Born in Auckland to a Scottish father and a Swedish mother, Park moved to Australia in 1942 where she had lined up a job with a newspaper.

    Her first novel was The Harp in the South, a graphic story of Irish slum life in Sydney, which has been translated into 37 languages. Even though it was acclaimed by literary critics, the book proved controversial with sections of the public due to its candour. It remains her most popular novel and has never been out of print.

    Between 1946 and 2004, she received numerous awards for her contributions to literature in both Australia and internationally including the Miles Franklin Award for Swords and Crowns and Rings in 1977. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1987.

    Ruth Park died 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
    Publisher: Text Publishing Co
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9  x 3.0
    Weight (kg): 0.32
    Edition Number: 1
    Edition Type: New edition