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Exhausted and losing faith, an Anglican minister flees his mission in Australia's northwest for the vast emptiness of the outback. In the desert he reflects on past transgressions and on his life's work.
To the Islands, a Lear-like tale of madness and destruction, was published when its author was only twenty-
The work of Randolph Stow is as original in the Australian literary tradition as William Faulkner in the American tradition. He has been hailed as "the least visible figure of that great twentieth-century triumvirate of Australian novelists whose other members are Patrick White and Christina Stead."
Text is re-releasing five of Stow's major works under the Text Classics imprint, with introductions by key figures in Australian literature.
Randolph Stow was born in 1935. While at university he sent his poems to a British publisher, and the resulting collection won the Australian Literature Society's Gold Medal in 1957. He worked briefly as an anthropologist's assistant in New Guinea, returning to Australia after he fell seriously ill. In the 1960s he lectured at universities in Australia and England, and lived in America on a Harkness fellowship. Stow died in 2010.

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Julian Randolph ‘Mick' Stow was born in Western Australia, in 1935. His third novel To the Islands won the 1958 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Stow never allowed its two predecessors to be republished. He lived in the US on a Harkness fellowship in the 1960s. Stow died in 2010.

Bernadette Brennan is a critic and writer. She is currently working on a literary biography of Helen Garner. She teaches at the University of Sydney.

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'The most talented and celebrated Australian author of the post-[Patrick] White generation.'―The Monthly

"The most talented and celebrated Australian author of the post-[Patrick] White generation."―The Monthly

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