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My Brilliant Career

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Miles Franklin

Introduction by Jennifer Byrne

This is not a romance—I have too often faced the music of life to the tune of hardship to waste time in snivelling and gushing over fancies and dreams; neither is it a novel, but simply a yarn—a real yarn. Oh!

Written with all the high spirits of youth, My Brilliant Career is the unforgettable tale of Sybylla Melvin, a headstrong country girl—passionate, endearing, stubborn, honest—and her fraught journey from rags to riches to rags.

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About the Author

Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin was born in Talbingo in central New South Wales, in 1879. Raised in the country, in a family of diminishing fortunes, she received only a basic education but enough to spark an interest in writing.

By the age of twenty, Franklin had completed her first novel, My Brilliant Career. After it was rejected by local...

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26 April 2012
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Praise for Miles Franklin
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‘The book is true to Australia—the truest I ever read.’

‘Franklin shines an intense light not only into the deep recesses of a bright young mind but on the dark corners of inequality caused by “the rope of class distinction”. Indeed, the author is most searingly brilliant when depicting those who poignantly fail to achieve brilliance.’

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  • My Brilliant Career
    ISBN: 9781921921797
    26 April 2012
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