A beautifully written narrative of girlhood on an isolated sheep-farm in the grasslands of Australia.
Jill Ker Conway grew up in New South Wales in the 1940s and ’50s. This is her account of an Australian childhood in the outback, and subsequently in Sydney, encompassing family tragedy, a devastating struggle with the desert environment, and an evocation of the Australian landscape.
Jill Ker Conway was born in Hillston, NSW, Australia, graduated from the University of Sydney in 1958, and received her PhD from Harvard University in 1969. From 1964 to 1975 she taught at the University of Toronto and was Vice President there before serving for ten years as President of Smith College. In 1985 she became a visiting scholar and professor in MIT's Program in Science, Technology and Society.