The award-winning biography of one of Australia's most charismatic and misunderstood writers. Charmian Clift's writing captivated readers across the nation. Her life inspired legends and fascinated thousands. Now at last here is the real story. Charmian Clift was born in Kiama, New South Wales, in 1923. In this close-knit seaside community Clift felt an outsider and rebelled against the expectations of the working-class town. The beautiful, complex and intelligent young country girl grew into a forthright and witty woman who, after a stint in the war-time army, began a career as a journalist with the Melbourne newspaper The Argus. It was here that Clift met the 'golden boy' war correspondent George Johnston, who went on to write the classic My Brother Jack. Within a short space of time Clift and Johnston had collaborated on the prize-winning novel High Valley, moved to London and then shocked everyone by giving up the sophisticated London life and moving their family to a Greek island to focus on their careers as writers.
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About the Author
Nadia Wheatley is a multi-award winning Australian author. She has written many books for children, including MY PLACE (illustrated by Donna Rawlins), which won the 1988 CBCA Book of the Year Award for Younger Readers. Nadia lives in Sydney.
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The Life and Myth of Charmian Clift based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
An incredibly thorough biography of this Australian author who, it could be argued, lived in the shadow of her husband (George Johnston). This biography is worth a look if you're interested in Clift - it dispels the myths surrounding her. Which is a good thing as her actual life was far more interesting. "Bloody well fly, why don't you?"