The Resource Storyland

Storyland

Label
Storyland
Title
Storyland
Statement of responsibility
Catherine McKinnon
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An ambitious, remarkable and moving novel about who we are: our past, present and future, and our connection to this land. SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD.'Storyland is a worthy contender for the Great Australian Novel - encompassing, ambitious' ReadingsIn 1796, a young cabin boy, Will Martin, goes on a voyage of discovery in the Tom Thumb with Matthew Flinders and Mr Bass: two men and a boy in a tiny boat on an exploratory journey south from Sydney Cove to the Illawarra, full of hope and dreams, daring and fearfulness. Set on the banks of Lake Illawarra and spanning four centuries, Storyland is a unique and compelling novel of people and place - which tells in essence the story of Australia. Told in an unfurling narrative of interlinking stories, in a style reminiscent of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, McKinnon weaves together the stories of Will Martin together with the stories of four others: a desperate ex-convict, Hawker, who commits an act of terrible brutality; Lola, who in 1900 runs a dairy farm on the Illawarra with her brother and sister, when they come under suspicion for a crime they did not commit; Bel, a young girl who goes on a rafting adventure with her friends in 1998 and is unexpectedly caught up in violent events; and in 2033, Nada, who sees her world start to crumble apart. Intriguingly, all these characters are all connected - not only through the same land and water they inhabit over the decades, but also by tendrils of blood, history, memory and property... Compelling, thrilling and ambitious, Storyland is our story, the story of Australia. 'The land is a book waiting to be read' as one of the characters says - and this novel tells us an unforgettable and unputdownable story of our history, our present and our future.Storyland has been shortlisted for the 2018 Miles Franklin Award, the Barbara Jefferis Award and the Voss Award.'A beautifully woven story ... a devastating retelling of man's effect on the land and the native people, and offers a chilling insight into what may come to pass with climate change. Storyland is reminiscent of Patrick White's A Fringe of Leaves, Kate Grenville's The Secret River and The Lieutenant ... and even, dare I say, a bit of Tim Winton's Cloudstreet.' Books+Publishing'Impressive ... a haunted and haunting power' The Australian'Breathtaking ... simply stunning.' Herald Sun'This is a book I will return to multiple times, both for its beauty and subtlety and for the sheer pleasure of experiencing the world it reflects.' Otago Daily Times'It just might be the real story of Australia' Qantas Magazine
Summary
In 1796, young cabin boy Will Martin goes on a voyage of discovery in the Tom Thumb with Matthew Flinders and Mr Bass: two men and a boy in a tiny boat on an exploratory journey south from Sydney Cove to the Illawarra, full of hope and dreams, daring and fearfulness.
Storyline
Writing style
Award
Librarians' Choice (Australia), 2017
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10563138
Cataloging source
ANL
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McKinnon, Catherine
Dewey number
823.4
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
Storyland
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:5cd914ba-e14b-4e5d-9b87-4c4edea1b085
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781460707166
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Storyland
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:5cd914ba-e14b-4e5d-9b87-4c4edea1b085
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781460707166
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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