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Introduction by Michael McGirr
It was the end of an era; a year of ‘outlandish happenings’; a time when everything seemed to change for Charlie Reeve, a daydreaming lad growing up in a small town on the Mornington Peninsula.
His teacher and dad are giving him a hard time, his neighbour Squid keeps getting him into trouble, and his best mate Johnno is busy seeing a girl—which leads Charlie to a nasty fight with Big Simmons.
First published in 1965, and subsequently made into a popular ABC TV series, All the Green Year is the story of a boy’s journey towards adulthood—‘not only the humour of it but its drama and pain’, as the 96-year-old Don Charlwood writes in his revised afterword.
This Text Classics edition of one of Australia’s most loved coming-of-age novels comes with a new introduction by Michael McGirr, author of the bestseller Things You Get for Free.
‘Charlwood catches the idiom of his characters, projects them and brings them to glowing life.’
‘It has the Huckleberry Finn touch.’
‘…All the Green Year is poised beautifully at that moment of adolescence when the small world of childhood suddenly becomes much bigger, with all the risk and sense of adventure that entails. It is a book with one foot in the air, hovering between innocence and its opposite, between the comfort of home and the dangerous lure of the horizon…For all its quintessential Australianness, Don Charlwood’s voice is very much his own. It is strong, resonant, compassionate, unsentimental and yet affectionate.’