Mick: A Life of Randolph Stow Shortlisted for National Biography Award

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From among 71 entries, Mick: A Life of Randolph Stow is one of six shortlisted titles in the 2017 National Biography Award. The winner will be announced on 31 July.

 

Judges’ Comments

 

Suzanne Falkiner’s Mick: A life of Randolph Stow is the first comprehensive biography of one of Australia’s greatest writers. Falkiner has pieced together an intriguing life history, from Stow’s beginnings in rural Western Australia, to his wandering years, and his later retreat into near silence and more-or-less contented obscurity in England. We note the biography’s extraordinary scholarship — involving exhaustive research and expert handling of the material — and its subtle, cumulative sense of this incredibly complex and difficult subject. While Mick is not a ‘lit-crit’ study of Stow’s works, it richly contextualises those works within the broader arc of the writer’s life. It reveals how he wove into his fiction and poetry various strands of his life experiences, travels, relationships, torments and his search for meaning. Stow’s elusiveness makes him an unusually challenging subject for a biographer, and this superb biography has met the challenge.

July 8th, 2017

Mick: A Life of Randolph Stow

Mick A life of Randolph Stow

NOW AVAILABLE as an eBook from Kobo and Barnes & Noble

August 16th, 2016

JOAN IN INDIA eBook edition

Joan in India

JOAN IN INDIA is now available as an eBook from Xoum (with extra photos)

Available from:

XOUM

November 12th, 2015

NEW from XOUM

Joan in India

Mrs Mort’s Madness

Foreword by Gideon Haigh

The True Story of a Sydney Scandal

Paperback and e-book | 288pp | AUD$24.99

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‘Suzanne Falkiner’s Mrs Mort’s Madness is not a cricket book: it is a carefully assembled but highly readable account of a sensational crime. … Nearly a century after it transfixed Sydney, Suzanne has at last rounded the story out.’ —Gideon Haigh

November 5th, 2014

NEW EDITION in NOV 2014 from XOUM

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Eugenia: A Man

WITH A NEW CHAPTER: First published in 1988, this new edition of Eugenia: A Man revises and updates the story to include new information that has come to light since then.

Paperback and e-book | 304pp | AUD$24.99

XOUM

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November 4th, 2014

Indian Edition of JOAN IN INDIA

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NOW AVAILABLE  from

Amazon.in

Shalimar Books

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‘While writing about her cousin, Falkiner makes the last few years of the Raj come alive and reverberate. Joan in India is one of those rare books you chance upon that make you glad someone wrote them.’

—Swati Daftuar, THE HINDU TIMES, 3 December 2011

‘..a brave account…’

—Kishore Singh, BUSINESS STANDARD, New Delhi, 28 December 2011

‘This one time, go ahead, judge a book by its cover.’

—Anindita Ghose, Livemint.com & THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

July 19th, 2009

NOW AVAILABLE

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THE IMAGO: E.L. GRANT WATSON & AUSTRALIA

UWA Publishing

University of Western Australia


1 February 2011

ISBN 9781921401558

502 pp, PB 234 x 153mm

Literary biography, Western Australian history, Aboriginal history, Anthropological history

Price: AUD$49.95

In 1910 a young Cambridge-trained biologist, Elliot Lovegood Grant Watson, arrived in Perth to join the controversial anthropologist A.R. Radcliffe-Brown and Daisy Bates on an ethnological expedition into Aboriginal Australia, including the Lock Hospitals of Shark Bay.

The experience changed his life. On his return to England he decided to become a writer.

February 13th, 2009

MISCELLANEOUS:

NEWS/LINKS

Review of THE IMAGO, Kathleen Steele

Transnational Literature, Vol 5, Issue 1, November 2012, Flinders University, Adelaide.

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Review of JOAN IN INDIA, Md Rezaul Haque,

Transnational Literature, Vol 5, Issue 1, November 2012, Flinders University, Adelaide.

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ABC Bookshow with Ramona Koval

‘Elliot Lovegood Grant Watson and his Australian novels’
16 March 2011

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‘A Vast Interrogation Mark’

Review of The Imago by James Ley,
The Australian, 19-20 March 2011

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Joan in India, Interview with Suzanne Falkiner

Late Night Live with Phillip Adams, ABC Radio National 25 November 2009

February 12th, 2009