My Brother Jack by George Johnston: the first part of a trilogy including Clean Straw for Nothing and A Cartload of Clay–has become an Australian classic. Winner of the Miles Franklin Award way back in 1964, it has since been adapted into a successful televeision miniseries (in 2001), The novel is at least partly autobiographical, following the fortunes of an Australian family in the subrbs of Melbourne between the two wars. A great book
Clean Straw for Nothing traces the journey of successful war correspondent and journalist David Meredith as he abandons his career to live in exile on a Greek island with his beautiful wife Cressida. Johnston focuses on the developing relationship between David and Cressida and David emerges as a complex and reflective character, unable to find the freedom and answers he craves.