The Drover's Wives


The Drover's Wives


Ryan O'Neill


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  • Jul 2018
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Paperback | Jul 2018 | Brio | 9781925589290 | 256pp | 210x135mm | Forthcoming | GEN | AUD$26.99, NZD$29.99

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The new book from the winner of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction

Henry Lawson’s short story ‘The Drover’s Wife’ is an Australian classic that has sparked interpretations on the page, on canvas and on the stage. But it has never been so thoroughly, or hilariously, reimagined as by Ryan O’Neill, remixing and revising Lawson’s masterpiece in 99 different ways.

You’ll be amused, delighted and surprised by a Year 8 essay, a sporting commentary, a pop song, a Hollywood movie adaptation and many more.

Inventive and unexpected, this is laugh-out-loud literature from one of Australia’s finest satirists.

Praise for Ryan O’Neill

‘In his supercalifragilisticexpialidocious new book Ryan O’Neill does something stunningly original using Henry Lawson’s The Drover’s Wife – turning it into a bravura literary game. I have never read a work like this before. It is a perfect reference book and teaching aid for teachers and students of English by illustrating the rich variety of ways we play with and use the language. A cerebrally imaginative tour de force.’ —Frank Moorhouse

‘[Ryan O’Neill] offers a book that is a piss-take, a celebration, a revisionist history and, perhaps most impressively, exceedingly good fun.’ —The Australian

‘Vital storytelling and literary flourishes distinguish O’Neill’s creative story collection. What brings all of the tonal diversity together is O’Neill’s obvious understanding of the cohesiveness of language, its power to transcend and overcome, and the way an economy of precious words in a short story can achieve a novel’s worth of emotion.’ —Publishers Weekly

‘Stories full of wit, irony, wild invention, love and pain – and sometimes shocking power.’ —Paddy O’Reilly

‘By turns acerbic, playful and serious, O’Neill is equally at home with satire and pathos.’ —Cate Kennedy

‘With each new story O’Neill redefines the boundaries of what is possible.’ —Patrick Cullen