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Australia Felix

Australia Felix

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Australia Felix (1917) is a novel by Henry Handel Richardson. Based on the life of her parents- Australia Felix is the first in a trilogy of novels later published as The Fortunes of Richard Mahony (1930). The trilogy has earned praise from countless authors and critics for its startling depictions of a man’s decline due to mental illness and the lengths to which his wife must go to care for their young family. “In a shaft on the Gravel Pits- a man had been buried alive. At work in a deep wet hole- he had recklessly omitted to slab the walls of a drive; uprights and tailors yielded under the lateral pressure- and the rotten earth collapsed- bringing down the roof in its train.” Into this dangerous world of mining- Richard Mahony arrives in search of fortune. As the proprietor of Digger’s Emporium- his business depends on the trust of his customers- most of them rugged- hard-drinking gold miners. But the men find it hard to respect Mahony- a teetotaler whose upper-class sensibilities strike them as snobbish at best- insulting at worst. As his store slowly fails- Richard turns his attention to the young Polly Turnham- a servant at the local hotel. When they marry- Polly suggests to her husband that he abandon his business and turn to medicine instead. His practice in Ballarat is a success- allowing them to start a family and live comfortably—for a time. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript- this edition of Henry Handel Richardson Australia Felix is a classic of Australian literature reimagined for modern readers.
  • Brand: West Margin Press
  • Category: Fiction
  • Format: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Publication Date: 2022-02-15
  • Publisher / Label: West Margin Press
  • Author: Henry Handel Richardson
  • Number of Pages: 382
  • Fruugo ID: 148775460-314133429
  • ISBN: 9781513133942
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