A Fence Around the Cuckoo

A Fence Around the Cuckoo

by Ruth Park

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 02/04/2019


This first volume of Ruth Park’s autobiography is an account of her isolated childhood in the rainforests of New Zealand, her convent education which encouraged her love of words and writing, and the bitter years of the Depression. She then entered the rough-and-tumble world of journalism and began a reluctant correspondence with a young Australian writer.

In 1942, Park moved to Sydney and married that writer, D’Arcy Niland. There she would write The Harp in the South, the first of her classic Australian novels. A Fence Around the Cuckoo is the story of one of Australia’s best storytellers and how she learnt her craft. 

‘A splendid achievement.’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘Her words sparkle on every page, and her compassion and humour shine throughout the entire book.’ Age

‘One of the best pieces of autobiographical writing in many years...a joy to read.’ Courier Mail

‘An illuminating and entrancing vision of how one twig was bent to incline towards a lifetime of writing.’ Good Weekend

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Ruth Park

Born in New Zealand, Ruth Park came to Australia in 1942 to continue her career as a journalist. She married the writer D'Arcy Niland and travelled with him through the north-west of New South Wales before settling in Sydney where she became a full-time writer.

She has written over fifty books, and her many awards include the prestigious Miles Franklin Award for Swords and Crowns and Rings; the Australian Children's Book of the Year Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (USA) for Playing Beatie Bow and The Age Book of the Year Award for A Fence Around the Cuckoo.

She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1987 and in 1994 was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of New South Wales. Ruth Park passed away in December 2010.

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