The time is fast approaching to once again search through your TBR pile for any Aussie titles that you’d like to read during #AusReadingMonth in November.
I’m planning to read Ruth Park’s 1977 Miles Franklin Award winning novel Swords and Crowns and Rings. I’d love to have you join me for a #SCRreadalong.
Text Publishing produced a new edition with an introduction by Alice Pung in 2012, which is what I will be reading.
Ruth Park’s Miles Franklin-winning novel brilliantly evokes Australia in the midst of the Great Depression. Written with warmth and affection, Swords and Crowns and Rings is a powerful story about human nature and the strength of an unlikely love.
Growing up in an Australian country town before World War I, Jackie Hanna and Cushie Moy are carefree and innocent in their love for each other. But Jackie is a dwarf, and his devotion to the beautiful Cushie is condemned by her parents.
This is the story of their lifelong odyssey, and of the triumph of a special kind of courage.
In Swords and Crowns and Rings, Ruth Park brilliantly captures the mood of Australia in the first part of the twentieth century.