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Careful, He Might Hear You

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Sumner Locke Elliott

  • awardWinner, Miles Franklin Award, 1963
  • Introduction by Robyn Nevin

    ‘Oh, aren’t you lucky, PS.’
    ‘Goodness, what a lucky boy.’
    ‘What a treat!’
    ‘Your Aunt Vanessa is coming.’
    Vanessa was coming all the way from England back to Australia and she was coming on a piano boat.

    It’s the Great Depression. Six-year-old PS is an orphan. He lives in Sydney with his Aunt Lila. But all that is about to change. Now his Aunt Vanessa has decided to take proper care of him.

    Careful, He Might Hear You is one of the most extraordinary portraits of childhood in Australian fiction.

    About the Author

    Sumner Locke Elliott was born in Sydney on 17 October 1917. His mother was the writer Helena Sumner Locke. She died of eclampsia the day after his birth, and the boy was raised by his aunts.

    Elliott wrote his first play when he was twelve, and while he was still at school joined Sydney’s Independent Theatre. In 1942 he was drafted and served out...

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    Praise for Sumner Locke Elliott
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    ‘Graceful and assured.’

    ‘What a surprise, a delight, to recognise my own world, the vivid textures and sounds of my own country, in [Locke Elliott’s] novels…This beautiful story, told with wit, warmth and irony, is one of the most moving and evocative books about childhood I know. Careful, He Might Hear You remains, in my view, among the greatest of our Australian novels.’

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    • Careful, He Might Hear You
      ISBN: 9781921921841
      26 April 2012
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