The Harp in the South: Popular Penguins

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Penguin Group Australia, Jun 29, 2009 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Ruth Park's classic novel The Harp in the South  is one of Australia's greatest novels. Hugh and Margaret Darcy are raising their family in Sydney amid the brothels, grog shops and run-down boarding houses of Surry Hills, where money is scarce and life is not easy.

Filled with beautifully drawn characters that will make you laugh as much as cry, this Australian classic will take you straight back to the colourful slums of Sydney with convincing depth, careful detail and great heart.

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Review: The Harp In The South (Harp in the South #2)

User Review  - Kelly Pickett - Goodreads

Heartfelt yet slightly obtuse tale of 1940s inner city poverty in Sydney, Australia. Some beautiful prose interwoven with unfortunate somewhat triumphant stereotypes and values of a bygone era ... Read full review

Review: The Harp In The South (Harp in the South #2)

User Review  - Jakey Gee - Goodreads

Relieved to discover that this risky-for-its-time second generation Aussie Irish number bares no resemblance to the made-for-export schlock I've grown to expect from the category, post that arsecrack ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Born in New Zealand, Ruth Park came to Australia in 1942 to continue her career as a journalist. She married the writer D'Arcy Niland and travelled with him through the north-west of New South Wales before settling in Sydney where she became a full-time writer.

She has written over fifty books, and her many awards include the prestigious Miles Franklin Award for Swords and Crowns and Rings; the Australian Children's Book of the Year Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (USA) for Playing Beatie Bow and The Age Book of the Year Award for A Fence Around the Cuckoo.

She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1987 and in 1994 was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letter from the University of New South Wales. Ruth Park passed away in December 2010.

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