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Down by the Dockside. With a Foreword by Barrett Reid

Rohan, Criena [Deidre Cash]

ISBN 10: 0140075062 / ISBN 13: 9780140075069
Published by Ringwood, Vic. Penguin Books, 1984
Used Condition: Good Soft cover
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256p. Original illustrated wrappers. Page margins tanning, edges moderately soiled. A good first Australian printing with the first appearance of Barrett Reid's foreword. Author's second novel originally published in the UK in 1963. This copy came from Australian poet Shelton Lea's personal collection and is inscribed and signed by Reid on the title page for Lea. Lea was a protege and close friend of Reid who was closely associated with the Angry Penguins, a number of important Australian literary journals and a wide range of Australian literary and artistic figures. Bookseller Inventory # 27443H

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Title: Down by the Dockside. With a Foreword by ...

Publisher: Ringwood, Vic. Penguin Books

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Good

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A young widow struggles to survive the harsh conditions of life in the slums of Melbourne during the 1940s

From Publishers Weekly:

Deirdre Cash, who used the pen name Criena Rohan, was terminally ill with cancer when she wote this vibrant, optimistic account of life in Australia in the 1930s and '40s. Although uneven and episodic, the book's irrepressible Irish-Australian narrator provides a shimmering picture of the grinding poverty of the Depression and wartime prosperity in the slums near Melbourne's docks. Young Lisha Flynn is raised by her grandmother and becomes the star of the local dancing school. Married at 16 to Andy, a sailor and Liverpool "scouse" (Irishman) like herself, she is widowed at 21. Barely able to carry on, she eventually forms an unloving alliance with Charlie. By book's end, Lisha has regained her self-respect, found her dream cottage and admitted another sailor, Joe, into her heart.
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