By Ruth Park
Ruth Park's Miles Franklin-winning novel brilliantly conjures up Australia in the course of the nice melancholy.
Growing up in an Australian kingdom city prior to global warfare I, Jackie Hanna and Cushie Moy are carefree and blameless of their love for every different. yet Jackie is a dwarf, and his devotion to the gorgeous Cushie is condemned via her mom and dad. this is often the tale in their lifelong odyssey, and of the triumph of a unique type of courage.?
Written with heat and affection, Swords and Crowns and jewelry is a robust tale approximately human nature and the energy of an not likely love.? Ruth Park brilliantly captures the temper of Australia within the first a part of the 20 th century.?
Ruth Park, born in New Zealand in 1917, spent such a lot of her grownup existence in Australia. She was once generally learn and well-loved for her books, that have been as both profitable for adults as for kids. She is healthier identified for the novels The Harp within the South, bad Man's Orange and Swords and Crowns and earrings, for which she received the 1977 Miles Franklin Award.
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