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Introduced by Alice Pung
Growing up in an Australian country town before World War I, Jackie Hanna and Cushie Moy are carefree and innocent in their love for each other. But Jackie is a dwarf, and his devotion to the beautiful Cushie is condemned by her parents.
This is the story of their lifelong odyssey, and of the triumph of a special kind of courage.
In Swords and Crowns and Rings, Ruth Park brilliantly captures the mood of Australia in the first part of the twentieth century.


'The ever popular Ruth Park has written one of the best novels of the decade.' The Australian


'Almost impossible to put down…its characters keep on living in the imagination.' Sydney Sun


'A fairy tale of a novel.' Sydney Morning Herald


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  • Paperback


    September 26, 2012

    Text (Adult)

    400 pages

    RRP $12.95

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