Johnno: a novel

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University of Queensland Press, 1975 - Fiction - 170 pages
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Collector's edition of the internationally award-winning poet and novelist's debut novel, first published in 1975. It is the story of a young man growing up in Brisbane in the 40s and 50s. This edition includes some corrections and is limited to 2000 copies, bound in white cloth and printed on archival Book Print cream paper. The frontispiece has a specially commissioned drawing of the author and includes, printed, his signature. The author has been awarded the Miles Franklin Award and the Pascall Prize. His other works include TAn Imaginary Life' and THarland's Half Acre'.

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User Review  - Johnny G - Goodreads

I was totally intrigued by the descriptions of Brisbane and its post-WWII socio-economic climate, but it's Dante's (the narrator's) has a love-hate relationship with the title character that is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Initially NO - Goodreads

Very early 1980s set and tone, for YAs. Seemed, to me, like a strange over-the-top costume, this book, without any sense of humour though. Time capsule of boyhood meanderings around that era, taking itself way too seriously. Fits alongside the shelf with plays by David Williamson. Read full review


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About the author (1975)

David Malouf was born in 1934 in Brisbane, Australia. He attended Brisbane Grammar School and graduated from the University of Queensland. Malouf's first published work was "Interiors" in 1962. Since then, he has published eight poetry collections, eight novels, an autobiography and a play. He has also written the libretto for Richard Meale's opera, "Voss." He has been awarded the Prix Femina Etranger, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Pascall Prize. David Malouf uses life in Australia as a major theme in his work, with much of his fiction recreating his childhood in Brisbane.

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