First published in 1941, Eleanor Dark's classic novel of the early settlement of Australia is a story of hardship, cruelty and danger. Above all it is the story of conflict: between the Aborigines and the white settlers. In this dramatic novel, introduced here by Humphrey McQueen, a large cast of characters, historical and fictional, black and white, convict and settler, brings alive those bitter years with moments of tenderness and conciliation amid the brutality and hostility.All the while, behind the veneer of British civilisation, lies the baffling presence of Australia, a timeless land that shares with England "not even its seasons or its stars".More
The emotional heart of the history of British settlement of Australia is exquisitely rendered and thoughtfully performed by James Condon in the classic Australian novel by Eleanor Dark, The Timeless Land. Marred by conflict and brutality, this story brilliantly evokes the people and landscape of Australia as a backdrop for crucial struggles between white settlers and aboriginal people. In equal measure compassionate and critical, and filled with living imagery, Dark never shrinks from her subject. With energy and deep feeling, Condon brings this important classic piece of Australian literature to life.
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Captures the heart and soul of Australia's past