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The Glass Canoe

The Glass Canoe: Text Classics

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David Ireland

  • awardWinner, Miles Franklin Award, 1976
  • Introduction by Nicolas Rothwell

    On hot days we jumped fully clothed into our bottomless beer glasses and pushed off from shore without a backward look. Heading for the deep, where it was calm and cool.

    Meat Man is a regular at the Southern Cross pub in Sydney. With his tribe he sits and drinks and watches as life spirals around him. David Ireland’s novel tells his stories, about the pub, its patrons and their women, about the brutal, tender and unexpected places his glass canoe takes him.

    About the Author

    David Ireland was born in 1927 on a kitchen table in Lakemba in south-western Sydney. He lived in many places and worked at many jobs, including greenskeeper, factory hand, and for an extended period in an oil refinery, before he became a full-time writer.

    Ireland started out writing poetry and drama but then turned to fiction. His first novel,...

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    Nicolas Rothwell
    About the Introducer

    Nicolas Rothwell lives in Far North Queensland and is a former foreign correspondent. His award-winning books include The Red Highway, Belomor and, most recently, Quicksilver.

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    26 April 2012
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    • The Glass Canoe
      ISBN: 9781921961021
      26 April 2012
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