The Harp in the South: Australian Book Review

Check out this recommendation for the book, The Harp in the South by Ruth Park courtesy of Irene Waters’ blog.

Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)

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Ruth Park, a New Zealander, married to well known  Australian author D’Arcy Niland (who wrote the Shiralee) wrote Harp in the South in response to a competition with a prize of 2,000 pounds. She had tried to persuade her husband to enter but he was too busy so she wrote it on a trip home to New Zealand on her mother’s kitchen table whilst her mother minded her two children. Wouldn’t you love to be able to pen a best seller that has not been out of print since 1948 in a matter of two weeks.

The novel won the prize and in addition to the money, Angus and Robertson Booksellers had pledged to publish the winning entry. The narrative followed an Irish Australian family who lived at 12 and a half Plymouth Lane Surrey Hills which in those days were the slums of Sydney. Angus and Robertson’s…

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