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Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and my family

by Gabrielle Carey

As her mother Joan lies dying, Gabrielle Carey writes a letter to Joan’s childhood friend, the reclusive novelist Randolph Stow. This letter sets in motion a literary pilgrimage that reveals long-buried family secrets. Like her mother, Stow had grown up in Western Australia. After early literary success and a Miles Franklin Award win in 1958 for his novel To the Islands, he left for England and a life of self-imposed exile.

Living most of her life on the east coast, Gabrielle was also estranged from her family’s west Australian roots, but never questioned why. A devoted fan of Stow’s writing, she becomes fascinated by his connection with her extended family, but before she can meet him he dies. With only a few pieces of correspondence to guide her, Gabrielle embarks on a journey from the red-dirt landscape of Western Australia to the English seaside town of Harwich in a quest to understand her family’s past and Stow’s place in it.

Moving Among Strangers is a celebration of one of Australia’s most enigmatic and visionary writers.


Overview

Publisher
UQP
Released
23 October, 2013

About Gabrielle Carey

Gabrielle Carey is the author of novels, biography, autobiography,essays, articles and short stories, including Confessions of a Teenage Celebrity, about the tumultuous time surrounding the writing and publishing of Puberty Blues. Gabrielle teaches writing at the University of Technology, Sydney, where her long-standing preoccupation with James Joyce is happily tolerated. Her most recent publication was a contribution to Collaborative Dubliners: Joyce in Dialogue. Gabrielle is currently researching the life and work of Australian novelist and poet Randolph Stow.

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