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A celebration of a great Australian love affair, 'The Drover’s Wife' in the Australian imagination: stories, performances and images.

Since Henry Lawson wrote his story 'The Drover’s Wife' in 1892, Australian writers, painters, performers and photographers have created a wonderful tradition of drover's wife works, stories and images.

The Russell Drysdale painting from 1945 extended the mythology and it, too, has become an Australian icon.

Other versions of the Lawson story have been written by Murray Bail, Barbara Jefferis, Mandy Sayer, David Ireland, Madeleine Watts and others, up to the present, including Leah Purcell's play and Ryan O’Neill’s graphic novel.

In essays and commentary, Frank Moorhouse examines our ongoing fascination with this story and has collected some of the best pieces of writing on the subject. This remarkable, gorgeous book is, he writes, 'a monument to the drovers' wives'.

Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9780143784821

    October 30, 2017

    Knopf Australia

    288 pages

    RRP $34.99

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  • EBook

    9780143784838

    October 30, 2017

    RHA eBooks Adult

    288 pages

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Also by Frank Moorhouse

Australia Under Surveillance
The Commune Does Not Want You
The Story of the Knife
The Commune Does Not Want You (Storycuts)
The Story of the Knife (Storycuts)
Cold Light
Grand Days
Loose Living
Lateshows
Room Service
The Everlasting Secret Family
Conference-ville
Tales of Mystery and Romance
The Americans, Baby
Futility and Other Animals
The Electrical Experience
Days of Wine and Rage
Forty-Seventeen
Martini
The Inspector-General of Misconception
Dark Palace

Recommendations

Voyager
The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Beauty in Thorns
The Award
New Boy
The 7th Function of Language
Best Laid Plans
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
Fool Me Once
Private Delhi
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Swing Time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Life After Life
The Girls
The Bone Collection