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Introduction by Geordie Williamson
At the world’s end, it is Sunday afternoon in February. Through the edge of the forest a soldier moves without any idea he’s caught in a mesh of sunlight and shade. Corporal Halloran’s this fellow’s name. He’s a lean boy taking long strides through the Sabbath heat.
A South Pacific penal colony in the late eighteenth century. An honest man named Phelim Halloran and Ann Rush, his secret bride. Poet, soldier, lover and grand innocent, Halloran must confront his destiny in a place of tyranny and searing horror.
Read an extract from Geordie Williamson’s introduction to Bring Larks and Heroes, published in the Weekend Australian on 5 May, 2012.
‘The long-sought Great Australian novel.’
‘Bring Larks and Heroes is…an early peak in a career whose Updikean longevity and range has few parallels in Australian letters. Keneally’s story of an Irish marine and his love for a servant girl is told with passion, intelligence, empathy and gallows humour.’