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Book Title: The Timeless Land|
The author of the book: Eleanor Dark
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Edition: HarperCollins Publishers Australia
Date of issue: October 4th 2002
ISBN 13: 9780207198779
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Sydney Cove in 1788 is a place of hardship, cruelty and danger. Above all, it is a time of conflict between the Aborigines and the white settlers. But there are moments of tenderness and conciliation amid the brutality and hostility. All the while, behind the imposed veneer of British civilisation, lies the baffling presence of Australia, the ‘timeless land’ itself.
An outstanding literary achievement, meticulously researched and deeply felt, The Timeless Land and it sequels, Storm of Time and No Barrier, remain unrivalled portraits of the earliest days of European settlement in Australia. Eleanor Dark used actual journals, letters and other historical documents to create her story and breathe life into a range of characters historical and fictional, white and black, free and in bondage.
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Read information about the authorEleanor Dark (1901-1985), author, was born on 26 August 1901 at Croydon, Sydney, second of three children of Sydney-born parents Dowell O’Reilly, schoolteacher and author, and his wife Eleanor Grace, née McCulloch, who died in 1914 after an unhappy marriage and a period of ill health. Small, dark and elfin, 'Pixie', as she was known to her family, attended several private schools before boarding at Redlands, Neutral Bay, from 1916 to 1920. She became very fond of her stepmother, Marie (Mollie) Miles, whom her father had married in 1917.
Although Pixie had written verse from the age of 7, as the family’s finances grew tighter her hopes of university and a writing career faded. After attending Stott & Hoare’s Business College, she worked as a stenographer for a firm of solicitors, Makinson, Plunkett & d’Apice, for eighteen months. She married Eric Payten Dark, a medical practitioner and a widower with an infant son, John, on 1 February 1922 at St Matthias’s Church of England, Paddington. Eric and Eleanor shared many interests: literature, history, tennis, bushwalking, mountain-climbing and gardening. Next year they moved to Katoomba. In the relative isolation of the Blue Mountains she resumed writing. Eric enthusiastically encouraged her. They were absorbed in each other; John moved back and forth between them and his mother’s family and later boarded at Sydney Grammar School, visiting the Darks for occasional weekends. Their son Michael was born in 1929; Eleanor was and remained a devoted mother to him.
Dark used the pseudonyms 'P. O’R.' and 'Patricia O’Rane' for the verse which she wrote in the 1920s and early 1930s. It was published in Australia by journals including the Triad, Bulletin and Woman’s Mirror, but was not very significant. Her short stories were also published in these journals and in Motoring News, Home and Ink. She wrote most of her ten novels in the 1930s and 1940s. Seven had contemporary themes; the others formed a historical trilogy.
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