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Issue Details: First known date: 1973... 1973 Reader's Digest Condensed Books
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  • The Shiralee illustrated by Russell Drysdale.


* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,:Reader's Digest , 1973 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Shiralee, D'Arcy Niland , single work novel
'Probably no swagman, in life or in fiction, ever had such a strange companion on his wanderings as has Macauley, the central character in D'Arcy Niland's first novel, who tramps through the back towns of New South Wales accompanied by his daughter Buster. Buster, four-year-old bundle of loyalty and fortitude, combines these more adult qualities with a natural childishness...Buster is no joy to Macauley, and he treats her with an uncompromising firmness: she must go on walking when she is nearly exhausted, must stop chattering when he wants to be quiet, must not complain. But Macauley has, too, a certain grudging affection for her, and this affection develops until it is so threatened by circumstances that it must at last be openly admitted.' (Source: dustjacket, 1955 Angus and Robertson edition)

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