I came across an interesting article in The Age today – it’s well worth a read.
“Michael Heyward is on a mission to bring out-of-print Australian literature back into the cultural ether.
THE Miles Franklin award is arguably Australia’s most prestigious literary prize. It was won three times by David Ireland. His books are out of print in this nation. This seems absurd, a cultural shame, as does the fact that Miles Franklin’s celebrated My Brilliant Career can only be bought in Australia in an American edition; it is out of print here.”
The article explores the potential loss of Australian literary heritage and the importance of making Australian literature available on e-book devices such as Kindles. I whole-heartedly agree. First on my list from Text Classics will be Careful He Might Hear You by Sumner Locke Elliot. I remember crying my way through the movie in the eighties but I’m quite sure I have never read the book. Perhaps that’s because I couldn’t get my hands on a copy?!