The Road to Goonong

David Cox
AUD $15.99

This glorious story of a bush childhood - growing up on the family farm with horses and animals, eccentric neighbours and a loving family - captures the enduring spirit of Australian country people.

The road to Goonong was just a pair of wheel tracks packed down by buggies and drays that had travelled that way over the years. It ran through forest and passed by farmhouses and the hut where the Schmidt boys lived. Goonong, our farm, was at the end of the road. We had beef cattle and dairy cattle, and there was plenty of room to play and plenty of horses to ride. It was a time when timber-cutters felled big ironbarks and blacksmiths' hammers rang out from the forge. The skies were always blue over Goonong.

With laid-back charm, bush humour and a spirit of optimism, David Cox captures the joy and freedom, as well as the harsh reality, of farming life during the Great Depression.

Author bio:

David Cox was born and reared in country Queensland. He worked as a jackaroo on outback sheep and cattle stations before enrolling, at 21, at St Martins School of Art in London. Back in Australia he became a newspaper artist, winning a Walkley Award, while also illustrating and writing many award-winning children's books, including four CBCA-shortlisted titles. In fact, he become one of Australia's most prolific book illustrators, with over 30 books published.

In 2007, David won the Dame Annabelle Rankin Award for distinguished services to Children's Literature in Queensland. He released two companion titles to The Road to Goonong: The Fair Dinkum War, recalling his childhood during WWII; and Good Enough for a Sheep Station, exploring his life as a stockman. In 2020, David's book with writer Ella Holcombe about the Victorian Black Saturday fires, The House on the Mountain, was shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature's Children's Literature Award.

David works from his home studio in Brisbane, and one of his hobbies is singing. He is coached by his wife, pianist/composer, Betty Beath. Betty and David have written music theatre pieces about St Francis of Assisi, and David regularly acts as cantor at St Phillips Church, which is attached to a Franciscan friary.

Category: Children's
ISBN: 9781761065828
Awards: Longlisted CBCA Book of the Year, Eve Pownell Award for Information Books 2012 AU; Longlisted CBCA Picture Book of the Year 2012 AU
Publisher: A&U Children's
Imprint: A & U Children
Pub Date: November 2021
Page Extent: 40
Format: Paperback
Age: 6 - 11
Subject: Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage)