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The Shiralee (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 4 Oct 2001


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (4 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141186135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141186139
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,485,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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D'Arcy Niland (1916-1969) was born in Glen Innes, New South Wales and spent much of his boyhood travelling with his Irish father on the New South Wales shearing circuit. He worked all over Australia in a variety of jobs (opal-miner, circus hand, stevedore, woolshed roustabout) before becoming a writer. He died of a heart attack in 1967 aged only forty-seven. He was married to Ruth Park.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec 1998
Format: Library Binding
The story of a reluctant scalawag father and his four-year-old daughter (his shiralee--Australian for "burden") who walk around Australia, this moving novel was once a Masterpiece Theatre presentation many years ago. Never was there a more delightful literary child than "Buster" and never was there a more reluctant father than "Macauley." I loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catrina on 21 Dec 2002
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An Australian classic, set in the outback dealing with social problems and the difficulties facing a wandering sheep shearer. It gave an interesting insight into life in the outback and the drudgery of Australia at that time. The characters were wonderful and it was an insightful, enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By June from Essex on 15 Dec 2013
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I first read this years ago and loved it, its the kind of book you hate to put down and dont want anyone taking your attention away from it. There were two films made from it, one with the Australian actor peter Finch and the other was Bryan Brown, both films were excellent.
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