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Aussies & Kiwis : Australian & Newzealander writers
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Octobre 2010

Henry Lawson (1867-1922) was an Australian writer and poet. Like the majority of Australians, Lawson lived in a city, but had had plenty of experience in outback life, in fact, many of his stories reflected his experiences in real life. In Sydney in 1898 he was a prominent member of the Dawn and Dusk Club, a bohemian club of writer friends who met for drinks and conversation.

While the billy boils

Filled with life and quiet humour these fifty-two stories in "While the billy boils" evoke the very essence of the Australia Lawson knew.

Nam Le was born in Vietnam, and raised in Australia. His work has appeared in many publications. Currently the fiction editor of the Harvard Review, he divides his time between Australian and the United States.

The Boat

The seven stories in Nam Le’s "The Boat" take us across the globe as he enters the hearts and minds of characters from all over the world. Whether Nam Le is conjuring the story of 14-year-old Juan, a hit man in Colombia ; or an aging painter mourning the death of his much-younger lover ; or a young refugee fleeing Vietnam, crammed in the ship’s hold with 200 others, the result is unexpectedly moving and powerful.

David Malouf was born in Queensland, Australia, in 1934 to a Lebanese-Christian father and English-Jewish mother. He graduated from the University of Queensland in 1955. Crossing successfully from poetry to prose fiction in 1975, Malouf has continued to write in a wide variety of forms and genres. He lives in Sydney, Australia and spends a lot of time in Tuscany.

The Great world

Every city, town and village has its memorial to war. Nowhere are these monuments more eloquent than in Australia, generations of whose young men have enlisted to fight other people’s battles - from Gallipoli and the Somme to Malaya and Vietnam. In The Great World, his finest novel yet, David Malouf gives a voice to that experience.

Remembering Babylon

In the mid-1840s, a thirteen-year-old boy, Gemmy Fairley, is cast ashore in the far north of Australia and taken in by aboriginies. Sixteen years later, when settlers reach the area, he moves back into the world of Europeans, men and women who are staking out their small patch of home in an alien place, hopeful and yet terrified of what it might do to them.

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