The life of George Johnston, author of the best-selling My Brother Jack, was in many ways symbolic of Australian post-war cultural life. He was a complex character, dogged by feelings of mediocrity, betrayal and failure that he ultimately transformed though the writing of his brilliant trilogy My Brother Jack, Clean Straw for Nothing and A Cartload of Clay. In this award-winning biography, Garry Kinnane examines the process by which Johnston selected people, places and events for this creative transformation. In doing so, he reveals the reality that lay behind the glamorous outer facade of the life of Johnston and his wife, the writer Charmian Clift.
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After many years travelling, working and studying in Europe, Garry Kinnane is now a senior lecturer in the English Department of the University of Melbourne. His book Colin Colahan- A Portrait was published in 1996.
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Book Description Nelson, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. George Johnston: A biography This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. . Bookseller Inventory # 7719-0170065731
Book Description Nelson, U.S.A., 1986. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. VG/VG, slight wear on jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 150905-A90
Book Description Nelson, Melbourne, 1986. Cloth. Reprint. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Near Fine in a very good jacket with rubbed ends. PP 329, bibliography, index, 61 illustrations. Bookseller Inventory # 005435
Book Description Nelson, Australia, 1986. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good +. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 013549
Book Description Thomas Nelson, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 1986. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. In good condition. Size: Size F: 9"-10" Tall (228-254mm). Bookseller Inventory # 68769
Book Description Nelson Publishers, Melbourne, 1986. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Reprint. 329 pages. Book and Jacket are both in Very good condition throughout. Best Known For His Book 'My Brother Jack' The Lives Of Johnston And Clift Were Interwoven With The Lives Of Writers And Panters Of Their Day. Bookseller Inventory # 128549
Book Description Nelson, Melbourne, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Photographic (illustrator). Reprint. list of illustrations, preface by author, acknowledgements, list of abbreviations, notes, bibliography and index. The text is illustrated with three, of four pages each of black-and-white photographs. Dark rose coloured boards with gilt coloured titles to the back strip. Illustrated dustwrapper, being a reproduction of Ray Cooke's painting '' George Johnson'' (winner Archibald Prize 1969), with gilt and white coloured titles to the front panel and back strip. Colour photograph of author to the rear fold over panel. The biography of George Johnson, author of 'My Brother Jack, Clean Straw for Nothing & A Cartload of Clay' Trilogy, and other writings, whose feelings of mediocrity, betrayal and failure were transformed into his brilliant trilogy through dogged persistence and patience. Softening and rubbing of the back strip edges with rubbing of the book corners. Light age toning of the text block edges. Creasing of the dustwrapper edges and rubbing of the panels. Fading to the back strip. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. , VI - XIV, , 329 pages, . Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Australia; ISBN: 0170065731. ISBN/EAN: 9780170065733. Inventory No: 0123753. Bookseller Inventory # 0123753
Book Description Nelson, Melbourne, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Photographic (illustrator). First Edition. pp. xvi, 330; 24 plates, notes, bibliography, index; "In this biography, Garry Kinnane, explores the personality of George Johnston, by putting his stories side-by-side with that of his alter ego, David Meredith, and shows how Johnston selected from people, places and events in his own life and used his creative imagination to transform them into literature. There was ordinariness, romance and tragedy in the life of the man, Johnston, who earlier discovered his talent, but had to work doggedly throughout his life before he could create a work of genius. The lives of Johnston and Clift were interwoven with the lives of writers and painters of their day -- the Nolans , the Drysdales , the Crookes and others, and thus this biography is a major contribution to our knowledge of Australia's artistic and literary establishment, past and present. " A nice clean copy, free of annotation, and the only damage is a small scratch on the bottom edge of the front board Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Australia; Literature & Literary. ISBN: 0170065731. ISBN/EAN: 9780170065733. Inventory No: 0255533. THIS BOOK WILL INCUR EXTRA POST OUTSIDE OF AUSTRALIA, BECAUSE IT IS OVER 1 Kg WITHOUT PACKAGING, PLEASE ENQUIRE BEFORE ORDERING. Bookseller Inventory # 0255533
Book Description Nelson, Melbourne, 1986. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 330 pages, index, b/w plates. Looks unread, excellent copy. Uncut jacket.; B&W Illustrations; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 3635
Book Description Nelson, Melbourne 1986, 1986. 24.0 x 16.0cms, 330pp, b/w illusts, fine hardcover & dustwrapper This biography is 'a major contribution to our knowledge of Australia's artistic and literary establishment' because it discusses Johnston's relationships with Charmian Clift, Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale, Ray Cooke etc. Bookseller Inventory # 111248