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  • Published: 15 November 2003
  • ISBN: 9780812970043
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $24.99

The Mod Lib Star Rover


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Inspired by his friend Ed Morell, who spent five years in the barbaric San Quentin jail, THE STAR ROVER is a searing indictment of a violent and corrupt penal system. Describing the brutality of a life behind bars, it explores the power of imagination to transcend physical hardship, and ultimately sustain hope.

  • Pub date: 15 November 2003
  • ISBN: 9780812970043
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Jack London

Jack London was born into poverty in San Francisco in 1876. Before his success as a novelist, London spent a lot of time avoiding a life as a manual worker and, in the process, experienced many things that became central to his plots. He ran away from home, bought a sailing boat and became an oyster pirate - a story recounted in John Barleycorn. His best-known novel, The Call of the Wild, was drawn from his own experience of the Klondike Gold Rush, a time that would inspire many of London's short stories as well. London became addicted to writing after winning a short story competition in the San Francisco Morning Call in 1893. It earned London $25, the equivalent of a month's wages. Dozens of books followed - including John Barleycorn (1913), The Call of the Wild (1903) and White Fang (1906). He published an average of three or four books a year. He died in 1916.

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