Woollahra Library at Double Bay is delighted to welcome Suzanne Falkiner to discuss her new book Mick: A Life of Randolph Stow, at our free monthly Tea Topic event.
Suzanne's book is the first full biography of Randolph Stow illuminates the life and character of one of Australia’s most enigmatic literary high-flyers. His novel To the Islands - written in his early twenties after living on a remote Aboriginal mission - won the Miles Franklin Award for 1958. Regarded by many as one of the greatest Australian writers of his generation, Stow’s withdrawal from public life and Australia only heightened his intrigue.
Meticulously researched, insightful, and at times deeply moving, Falkiner’s biography pieces together an intriguing story from Stow's personal letters, diaries, and interviews with the people who knew him best. These – from Stow’s beginnings in idyllic rural Australia, to his critical turning point in Papua New Guinea, and his final years in Essex, England – provide us with keys to unlock the meaning of Stow’s rich and introspective works.
Light refreshments provided.