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All The Green Year

All The Green Year: Text Classics

Don Charlwood

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.

 

Don Charlwood
About the Author

Don Charlwood was born in Melbourne in 1915 and grew up in Frankston. He joined the RAAF in 1940, and his wartime experience and subsequent career in air-traffic control took him throughout Australia, and to New Guinea, the United Kingdom and Canada. Among Don’s many books are his acclaimed debut, No Moon Tonight (1956), an account of his time...

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Extent:
240pp
Format:
Paperback
Text publication date:
22 August 2012
First published:
1965
Region:
VIC
ISBN:
9781922079428
AU Price:
$12.95
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Praise for Don Charlwood
andAll The Green Year

‘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.’

Other editions ofAll The Green Year
  • All The Green Year
    ebook
    ISBN: 9781921961724
    22 August 2012
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