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The Cupboard Under the Stairs

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This is a rare book which won the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 1962.

From the dustjacket of the first edition:
"The step from Kilkalla to Treelake was not far in actual physical distance, but for Harry White it meant spanning six years of obscured, formless oblivion, not necessarily to resume old relationships, but at least to take the reins of living, of being a man ag
Hardcover, First Edition, 215 pages
Published 1962 by Cassell
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Johanna Botman
This was the book that I had most difficulty obtaining in my Miles Franklin Project. It has been out of print since 1963!! Boy, am I glad that I did get a copy of it.

It was interesting to have a 21st century perspective on real world themes and concerns in 1960s Australia. This novel really helped me to think about those things as well as enjoy the novel.

Turner is better known for his science fiction. That's not a genre that I'm keen on, but it may be worth my while to chase some of it up.

It’s only a few years ago that the literary world was abuzz with the news that both David Lodge and Colm Tóibín were publishing books fictionalising the life of Henry James – in the same year (2005). Lodge’s went by the name of Author, Author, while Tóibín’s was called The Master. Tóibín’s (which I read and found brilliant) was shortlisted for the Booker; and it won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and a heap of other prizes as well. David Lodge has written about how he was gutted ...more
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George Turner was born and educated in Melbourne. He served in the Australian Imperial Forces during the Second World War.

Prior to writing science fiction, he had a well established reputation as mainstream literary fiction writer, his most productive period being from 1959 to 1967, during which he published five novels. Over a decade after his previous publication of a full length work of fictio
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