The second novel in Katharine Susannah Prichard's stirring saga about the lives of a remarkable woman and her family during the gold rush in Western Australia.
Golden Miles is a historical novel set in the goldfields of Western Australia, while the Great War rages abroad.
The Golden Mile is the richest gold seam in the world, but prosperity resides in the hands of the few. Sally Gough takes boarders to supplement the living scratched together by her husband, Fitz-Morris. Her greatest concern is for her four sons: lazy, good-natured Lal, just back from Gallipoli; Den, who longs to be a cattle rancher; Tom, a trade unionist and socialist; and Dick, who risks danger in the mines, and in the trenches of the First World War.
Golden Miles reveals the adventures and disasters of their lives, and those in the gold-mining community around them. It richly evokes the time and place from which all our national myths arose, but with a modern sensibility and a deep sensitivity to the indigenous characters.
To read Golden Miles, the sequel to The Roaring Nineties, is to be transported to that eventful and formative time in Australian history, as seen through the eyes of one extraordinary woman.
Katharine Susannah Prichard was born in 1883 in Fiji. Her family moved to Australia in 1886, and she spent her childhood in Melbourne and Launceston.
Prichard worked as a journalist and travelled to London, where the appalling gulf between poverty and plenty affected her deeply, sowing the seeds for her later commitment to spending her life fighting for a fairer world. In 1915 her first published novel, The Pioneers, won the Hodder & Stoughton All Empire Novel Competition, which enabled her return to Australia to write 'about Australia and the realities of life for the Australian people'.
In 1919 she married war veteran Hugo Throssell VC and they moved to Perth, where their son, Ric Throssell, was born in 1922.
Prichard is the author of thirteen novels, among them Working Bullocks (1926), Coonardoo (1929), Haxby's Circus (1930) and Golden Miles (1948). She was a foundation member of The Australian Communist Party, and remained a committed member until her death in 1969, aged eighty-six.
Allen & Unwin
A&U House Of Books
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