Geoffrey Gibson, Taciturn Man and Other Tales of Australia and Matriarch: An Australian Novel of Love and War

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Jean Page

Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia (JEASA), Vol.7 No.1, 2016.

 

Book review

 

Jean Page

On Fencing, Corner Groceries, and Running Barefoot: A Memoir of a pre-Baby Boomer

 

Geoffrey Gibson, Taciturn Man and Other Tales of Australia, Ann Arbor: Modern History Press, 2011. ISBN 9781615991211

Geoffrey Hope Gibson, Matriarch: An Australian Novel of Love and War, Ann Arbor: Modern History Press, 2016. ISBN 9781615992706

 

It is not so common these days to come across what Bill Ashcroft might call a "white settler" account of growing up in the Australian bush. In Taciturn Man and Other Tales of Australia Geoffrey Gibson, a pre Baby-Boomer, of the same generation and rural provenance as Les Murray, writes of growing up in the 1940s in rural New South Wales, and also, the earlier rural life of his father Alexander (1905-1965). Alexander Gibson, the "taciturn" man of this tribute by memoir published by the Ann Arbor-based Modern History Press, was born in Somerset, and one of a number of English who migrated to Australia sometime after WWI. (D. H. Lawrence had also considered migrating but only stopped for six weeks to gather material for and write, or help write, two novels.)

 

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