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Beautifully produced uniform edition of the work of Australia's most acclaimed contemporary writer.

Dante and Johnno are unlikely childhood friends, growing up in the bustle of steamy, wartime Brisbane. Later, as teenagers, they learn about love and life amidst the city's pubs and public libraries, backyards and brothels, Moreton Bay figs and tennis parties. As adults, they make the great pilgrimage overseas and maintain an uneasy friendship as they seek to build their lives.

An affectionate and bittersweet portrait, Johnno brilliantly recreates the sleazy, tropical half-city that was Brisbane and captures a generation locked in combat with the elusive Australian dream.

Reviews

Malouf knows that atmospheric understatement is often the most articulate approach to the wider story that encases every story

Irish Times

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143180142

    September 1, 2008

    Peng. Mod. Classics

    192 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Hardback

    9780702234965

    July 1, 2004

    U.Q.P. (Adult)

    RRP $23.95

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  • Hardback

    9780702230158

    August 2, 2000

    U.Q.P. (Adult)

    256 pages

    RRP $23.95

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  • EBook

    9781409042419

    February 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

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Also by David Malouf

Ransom
The One Day: Short Black 7
Being There
The Writing Life
A First Place
Earth Hour
Harland's Half Acre
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: QuarterlyEssay 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
Antipodes
Fly Away Peter
An Imaginary Life
Child's Play

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