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

User Review  - Daniel Jon Kershaw - Goodreads

It grew slowly on me like barnacles on a boat, but I was in no hurry to scrap them off once they were there. 3 and a half stars. Read full review

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

User Review  - Nancy Burns - Goodreads

My first'slow read' 2014 and I enjoyed the experience! Took pages of notes and learned so much about literary tools used by R. Park. This was my book choice for #AusReadingMonth 2014 Brona's Books #bronasbooks. Here is my review: 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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