I’ve been hunting down some Australian novels by colonial women for the past couple of weeks, because I want to:
a) Read more 19th century fiction from my own country; and,
b) Review more Australian women’s classics for the Classic Club’s woman’s classic event, to counteract the amount of European and North American women who will be reviewed. The Australian ladies need (LOTS!) more love!
In my search, I picked up The Fortunes of Richard Mahony by Henry Handel Richardson, aka. Ethel Florence Richardson. I’m dreadful and never realised that she was a woman until very recently, though I’d purchased The Getting of Wisdom earlier this year!
I bought a darling (okay, it’s pretty ugly, but it was the cheaper of two editions. It does smell good though!) copy of Richard Mahony from Lamda Books in the beautiful Blue Mountains, for a very nice price, which includes the three books in the trilogy.
It follows that perhaps I should read and review the book next month, as Brona’s Books is holding a readalong. I may not finish all three, because let’s face it, I want to read other books too, and that thing is a beast. I do intend to review at least one of the three books!
I’m not sure what other books I’ll pick up for this challenge, but I have a good assortment.
I’m also currently reading The Three Miss Kings by Ada Cambridge, who migrated to Australia from England in 1870. I’m really enjoying it thus far, but I’m finding the poor girls’ lack of social knowledge a bit cringeworthy, I must admit! The Bingham sisters would be appalled, though I’d much rather be one of the King girls!