A Fence Around the Cuckoo

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Penguin Books, 1993 - Authors, Australian - 294 pages
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Written as vividly as any of her novels, Ruth Park's autobiography is a moving, passionate, often funny account of the people and places which influenced her early years. Her isolated childhood in the rainforests of New Zealand fed her fertile imagination; her convent education encouraged her love of words and writing, and the bitter years of the Depression exposed her to poverty and injustice.

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The story of Ruth Park's childhood years growing up in New Zealand under extremely poor conditions. She desired to become a writer from a very young age and rather than being deterred by her difficult circumstances, drew inspiration from "real life". Read full review

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About the author (1993)

Born in New Zealand, Ruth Park came to Australia in 1942 to continue her career as a journalist. She married the writer D'Arcy Niland and travelled with him through the north-west of New South Wales before settling in Sydney where she became a full-time writer.

She has written over fifty books, and her many awards include the prestigious Miles Franklin Award for Swords and Crowns and Rings; the Australian Children's Book of the Year Award and the Boston Globe-HornBook Award (USA) for Playing Beatie Bowand The AgeBook of the Year Award for A Fence Around the Cuckoo.

She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1987 and in 1994 was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of New South Wales. Ruth Park passed away in December 2010.

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