The Miles Franklin award-winning classic. 'One of the greatest books written this century' - The Illustrated London News 'the thing I am trying to get at is what made Jack different from me. Different all through our lives, I mean, and in a special sense, not just older or nobler or braver or less clever.' David and Jack Meredith grow up in a patriotic suburban Melbourne household during the First World War, and go on to lead lives that could not be more different. through the story of the two brothers, George Johnston created an enduring exploration of two Australian myths: that of the man who loses his soul as he gains worldly success, and that of the tough, honest Aussie battler, whose greatest ambition is to serve his country during the war.
Acknowledged as one of the true Australian classics, My Brother Jack is a deeply satisfying, complex and moving literary masterpiece. David Meredith's story continues in the sequels Clean Straw for Nothing and A Cartload of Clay.
'Enthralling ... entertaining ... vividly original - the Age
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My Brother Jack
What a pleasant surprise.Over many years the book called My Brother Jack had been on the edge of my conscience. I knew vaguely of George Johnston and CharmIan Clift and now a whole life of some literary talent has been revealed.
It has been quite a few books since I read a book of such a talented writer. The writing itself was so enjoyable. He painted wonderful word pictures of an earlier Australia at an unsettled time between World Wars1&2. He did not dispel the myth of the Larrikin Aussie but enhanced it. Throwing his talent in the way of the naysayers and smart people.