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It's raining in Mango by Wresting his family from the easy living of nineteenth-century Sydney, Cornelius Laffey takes them to northern Queensland where thousands of hopefuls are digging for gold in the mud. They confront the horror of Aboriginal dispossession, and Cornelius is sacked for reporting the slaughter. The book is written in the saga form, spanning four generations from 1861 to the mid-1980s. The novel opens in the early 1980s with Connie Lafley and her middle-aged son, Reever, protesting against development which is decimating to the rainforest. Connie has a fall and the attendant delirium is the starting point for the narrative saga as the past and present converge in Connie's reverie. The narrative transports us back in time to the first generation of immigrants and the courtship and marriage of Cornelius Laffey and Jessica Olive in 1861. (Publisher)
Call Number: F AST
Publication Date: 1987
Oscar and Lucinda by Oscar is a young English clergyman who has broken with his past and developed a disturbing talent for gambling. A country girl of singular ambition, Lucinda moves to Sydney, driven by dreams of self-reliance and the building of an industrial Utopia. Together this unlikely pair create and are created by the spectacle of mid-nineteenth century Australia.
Call Number: F CAR
Publication Date: 1988
The Timeless Land by An historical novel about the earliest days of the European settlement in Australia. These were times of hardship, cruelty and danger. They were also the times of conflict between the Aborigines and the white settlers.
Call Number: F DAR
Publication Date: 2002-10-04