Swords and Crowns and Rings

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Penguin Books, 1988 - Australia - 435 pages
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Jackie Hanna, born with dwarfism, and Cushie Moy, the girl next door, share an innocent love--a love that will be censured, but will persevere. This is the story of the triumph of a special kind of courage.

Ruth Park's Miles Franklin-winning novel brilliantly evokes Australia in the Great Depression.

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User Review  - Sally Embury-thomas - Goodreads

A little predictable but nonetheless interesting reading. A heartbreaking look at the events during the depression. Read full review

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User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

This book would win all the awards going if it had been written this year. It stands the test of time well. This was one of the first books I read when I first came to Australia 30 years ago. And I ... Read full review


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About the author (1988)

Ruth Park was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1917. Park began writing early, regularly contributing poems and stories to the New Zealand Herald's children's page, as well as the Auckland Star and overseas newspapers such as the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner. She attended secondary school by means of a National Scholarship. she was offered a copyholder's job in the proofreading department of the Auckland Star. Park met and married D'Arcy Niland and after their marriage the Nilands travelled through the outback of Australia for a time before settling in Surry Hills in Sydney where they earned a living writing full-time. While still in the outback they received news that the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) had accepted a series of radio plays as well as Park's stories about a mouse for the Children's Session, thus beginning their long association with ABC radio. Park has written books for children of all ages; novels for adults; well-researched documentaries of place; scripts for film, television and, in greatest number, radio; articles for journals and newspapers, especially for the women's page of the Sydney Morning Herald; three autobiographies; plays and short stories; a biography of Les Darcy and an informative guide to Australia for German readers. Much of her work has been translated into other languages, some novels have been produced for stage, television and film and she has won numerous awards. Her most famous books are the trilogy of Missus, The Harp in the South and Poor Man's Orange, along with Swords and Crowns and Rings which won the Miles Franklin Award in 1977. She passed away in 2010.

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