A novel by the 1979 Patrick White Literary Award winner. It is the story of a comatose Australian country town and its people, and an exploration of questions of life and death, individual will and faith. Once there was water and gold in Tourmaline, but now it is a place of heat, dust and decay.
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Julian Randolph ‘Mick’ Stow was born in Geraldton, Western Australia, in 1935. While at university he sent his poems to a British publisher. The resulting collection, Act One, won the Australian Literature Society’s Gold Medal in 1957—as did the prolific young writer’s third novel, To the Islands, the following year. To the Islands also won the 1958 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Stow reworked the novel for a second edition almost twenty-five years later, but never allowed its two predecessors to be republished.
He worked briefly as an anthropologist’s assistant in New Guinea—an experience that subsequently informed Visitants—then fell seriously ill and returned to Australia. In the 1960s he lectured at universities in Australia and England, and lived in America on a Harkness fellowship. He published his second collection of verse, Outrider; the novel Tourmaline, on which critical opinion was divided; and his most popular fiction, The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea and Midnite.
In 1969 he settled permanently in England: first in Suffolk, then in Essex, where he moved in 1981. He received the 1979 Patrick White Award.
Randolph Stow died in 2010. He has been hailed as ‘the least visible figure of that great twentieth-century triumvirate of Australian novelists whose other members are Patrick White and Christina Stead’.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1984. Book Condition: Good. New Ed. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP95847357
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1984. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Very Good. 014007032X Stow, Randolph. Tourmaline. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 1984. 174pp. 12mo. Paperback. Book condition: Very good. Slight rubbing to edges. Bookseller Inventory # USTOTOU00FP
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