Picnic Races

Dymphna Cusack
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A comedy that brings to vivid life the ups and downs of a community in which everyone knows - and usually disapproves of - what everyone else is doing.

A cheerful comedy celebrating the lives of small-town Australians. Gubba is preparing to celebrate its centenary and its history as a goldrush town. But there are two factions in Gubba - the wealthy 'woolocracy' with their social pretensions and the ordinary townsfolk who are just after the peaceful life.

Pretty young Eden Dutton gets caught up in the feud - her father wants to make the town a centre for tourism and 'picnic races' - but her heart seems to be fighting for the opposite side. Young prospector Greg Millard isn't her father's idea of the right type of bloke, but the Hon. Ralph Tenterden certainly is.

And then a surprise discovery brings a change when it was least expected and upsets all the townspeople's plans.

Author bio:

The playwright and novelist Ellen Dymphna Cusack, born in 1902, graduated from the University of Sydney in 1925. Despite being of fragile health, she taught in schools across country NSW for almost 20 years. She published her first novel, Jungfrau, in 1936.

Cusack's first literary collaboration - Pioneers on Parade (1939) - was with Miles Franklin. After retiring, she wrote Come in Spinner (1951) with Florence James, which dwelt on controversial issues, such as prostitution and abortion, and was an immediate sensation. It was finally published unabridged in 1988, and became an ABC TV series in 1989.

After the war, Cusack travelled through Europe, China and Russia for 20 years with her partner Norman Freehill, a journalist and member of the Communist Party. She wrote nine more novels - including Southern Steel (1953), Picnic Races (1962), Black Lightning (1964) and The Half-Burnt Tree (1969) - and several plays, before her death in 1981.

Category: Popular fiction
ISBN: 9781743312339
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: A&U House Of Books
Pub Date: July 2012
Page Extent: 254
Format: Paperback - A format
Subject: Popular fiction

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