Hammers Over the Anvil
Alan Marshall grew up observing and recording life in a Victorian country town, writing about it with humour and compassion.
In this collection of short stories we watch the young Alan growing up in country Turalla. Crippled by polio at an early age, he has to use crutches, knowing that he'll never be able to pursue his great love-horse-riding. His disability does not stop the young boy from roaming the countryside with his mate Joe, however, all the time scribbling in his notebook about the intriguing lives of the people he meets, and trying to make sense of the world around him.
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ALAN MARSHALL asked bastard Big Dave blacksmith’s bloke bloody bugger buggy can’t Carmichael Carruthers church Coolgardie safe couldn’t cows crutches dancing door Duke Elsie exclaimed eyes face father fence Freckles Jack frightened front funny girl Gladys going Goodman grabbed grass hands he’d he’s head heard hearse hell Herbert horse horse’s Jack the Ripper Jeanie Jeffrey Farnol Joe reckoned Joe’s Judy knew knock laugh legs looked mare Mick Hanrahan milk Miss Armitage Miss Barlow Miss McAlister Miss McPherson Miss Trengrove Miss Wilson morning mother neck Nellie Nero never night oe’s old Mrs Bilson once ostriches paddock Peter McLeod pulled reins road round She’d She’s shit side Splinter stallion stood stopped talk tell There’s thing Thomas thought told Tom Dixon took Turalla wagon waiting walked wanted wasn’t watched We’d worry yell