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A revised edition of this seminal Malouf novel, now with an Afterword from the author.

A revised edition of this seminal Malouf novel, now with an Afterword from the author.

Frank Harland's life is centred on his great artistic gift, his passionate love for his father and four brothers, and his desire to regain the Harlands' lost prosperity. Phil Vernon, growing up alone in the midst of a demanding family, is a boy when he first meets Frank Harland, but he is inexorably drawn into the Harlands' circle.

Through the interlinked lives of the two families, David Malouf explores solitude and society, possession and dispossession, the obsessions and violence of family life and love, illuminating the larger world of events and imagination.


To read Harland's Half Acre is to have your sense of the quiet ambition, intelligence and immaculate poetry that characterise Malouf's writing renewed. Here is a marble faultlessness, with the animal warmth of a living thing.

Geordie Williamson, The Australian

Malouf's view of the world (here and elsewhere in his fiction) is more generous, embracing and forgiving [than White]. A fine novel.

Andrew Riemer, The Sydney Morning Herald

A remarkable book in which the realist and the dreamer are finally and excitingly fused.

The New York Times Book Review

A novel rich in descriptive detail, ambitious in historical scope and thoroughly persuasive in its portrait of a world and an era ... The most satisfying look into the mind of a painter since Virginia Woolf's portrayal of Lily Briscoe in To The Lighthouse.

David Leavitt, The Village Voice

A panorama of Australian society, scenery, and history ... Malouf succeeds brilliantly in convincing the reader that Harland is indeed an artist, and a good one.


Absolutely stunning ... the book's lyric ending is a triumph of the writer's craft.


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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    February 1, 2013

    Vintage Australia

    288 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook


    February 1, 2013

    Random House Australia

    288 pages

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An Open Book
The One Day: Short Black 7
Being There
The Writing Life
A First Place
Earth Hour
The Conversations At Curlew Creek
The Happy Life: The Search for Contentment in the Modern World
The Happy Life: The Search of Contentment in the Modern World: Quarterly Essay 41
The Complete Stories
On Experience
Revolving Days: Selected Poems
Every Move You Make
Typewriter Music
Made in England: Australia's British Inheritance: Quarterly Essay 12
Dream Stuff
Jane Eyre
The Great World
12 Edmondstone Street
Fly Away Peter
An Imaginary Life


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To Kill A Mockingbird
Midnight's Children
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Girl on the Train
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Swing Time
The Bear and The Nightingale
Ready Player One
The Trip of a Lifetime
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
On Chesil Beach
The Light Between Oceans
A Long Way from Home