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Winner of the 1968 Miles Franklin Award

From the moment he allows his young cousin and bride to spend the night in his room, Father Maitland causes raised eyebrows and dark mutterings amongst the brothers at St Peter's. Time and again his efforts to do the right thing for his fellow men lead him into conflict with his superiors and the immutable laws of the church - a conflict which ultimately threatens to destroy him both as a priest and as a man. Thomas Keneally's darkly satirical novel, which won him his second successive Miles Franklin Award resounds with intellect and humour.

Reviews

Very funny indeed: the rather awful comedy inherent in a priest's life, especially a post-conciliar priest's life.

Graham Greene

* 'Very funny indeed: the rather awful comedy inherent in a priest's life, especially a post-conciliar priest's life.'

Graham Greene

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  • Paperback

    9781741667608

    April 1, 2008

    Vintage Australia

    288 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781742743387

    March 1, 2011

    RHA eBooks Adult

    284 pages

    RRP $12.99

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