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Ion Idriess

 
 

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Ion IdriessIon (Jack) Idriess (1889-1979) was one of Australia's best-loved writers, with 56 books to his credit, and many millions of copies sold. When he returned from the First World War, he submmitted The Desert Column to Angus & Robertson, but it wasn't until his obsession with gold mining led to his Prospecting for Gold, that he was published, and instantly successful. A small, wiry, mild-mannered wanderer, Idriess spent much of his life campaigning for Australian publishing and promoting his own books from Melbourne to Broome. Flynn of the Inland and Lasseter's Last Ride are his two most lasting and consistently successful stories.


Flynn of the Inland - Ion L. Idriess
Imprint Lives ISBN 1 875892 11 7
256pp AU$16.45

The extraordinary story of John Flynn - famous pioneer of the Australian Inland Mission - and his struggle to ease the isolation of the people of the Australian outback. Flynn's dreams for the sparsely populated Australian interior were first formed as he rode on a camel through it. By the end of his life he had seen the development of transport and communication systems, the building of Bush Hospitals and the establishment of the Flying Doctor Services.

When Flynn of the Inland was first published, the Sydney Morning Herald hailed Idriess as the 'Boswell of the Bush' and wrote: ' In conversational style the completed study is built up, and history is revealed while scarce we know it. And throughout, as is fitting, the high aim in view and the means by which it is accomplished transcend the telling, transcend even the man.'

The Morning Post in London wrote: 'It is impossible to read this book and remain untouched by the greatness of John Flynn's inspiration.'


Nemarluk - Ion L. Idriess
Imprint ISBN 1 875892 10 9
224pp AU$14.95

Nemarluk was Chief of the Cahnmah Aborigines, called by Idriess the 'last of the Stone Age men'. Nemarluk was known as the scourge of the Northern Territory police, but his brave and murderous attempts to thwart the invasion of his lands was admired and respected by Idriess. In this action-packed fictionalisation, Idriess recounts the tracking of Nemarluk by his nemesis, Bul-Bul, and the eventual incarceration and death of the King of the Wilds.

Nemarluk was one of the few books written from a sympathetic perspective at a time when few white writers had the experience or understanding to tackle stories about Aborigines. It is not only a fast-moving tale about heroism but also an important document recording the social and ethical relationships between black and white Australians.

Ion (Jack) Idriess wrote 56 books and sold over 3 million copies throughout his career. He was largely responsible for popularising Australian writing at a time when local publishing was still not considered viable. Born in 1891, he served in the 5th Light Horse in the First World War and returned to write The Desert Column, which was published following his huge success with Prospecting for Gold. A small wiry mild-mannered man, Idriess was a wanderer and adventurer, with a vast pride in Australia, past, present and future.


The Read Chief - Ion L. Idriess
richmond Imprint
266pp AU$22.95

The Red Chief was one of the few books written from a sympathetic perspective at a time when few white writers had the experience or understanding to tackle stories about Aborigines. It is not only a fast-moving tale about heroism but also an important document recording the social and ethical relationships between black and white Australians.
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