In the Land of Oz

In the Land of Oz


By (author) Howard Jacobson

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 31mm | 421g
  • Publication date: 5 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1408825023
  • ISBN 13: 9781408825020
  • Illustrations note: 1 map
  • Sales rank: 170,029

Product description

On what he calls 'the adventure of his life', Howard Jacobson travels around Australia, never entirely sure where he is heading next or whether he has the courage to tackle the wild life of the bush, the wild men of the outback, or the even wilder women of the seaboard cities. In pursuit of the best of Australian good times, he joins revelers at Uluru, argues with racists in the Kimberleys, parties with wine-growers in the Barossa and falls for ballet dancers in Perth. And even as vexed questions of national identity and Aboriginal land rights present themselves, his love for Australia and Australians never falters.

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Author information

An award-winning writer and broadcaster, Howard Jacobson was born in Manchester, brought up in Prestwich and was educated at Stand Grammar School in Whitefield, and Downing College, Cambridge, where he studied under F. R. Leavis. He lectured for three years at the University of Sydney before returning to teach at Selwyn College, Cambridge. His novels include The Mighty Walzer (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize), Kalooki Nights (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize) the highly acclaimed The Act of Love and, most recently, the Man Booker Prize 2010-winning The Finkler Question. Howard Jacobson lives in London.

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'The most successful attempt I know to grip the great dreaming Australian enigma by the throat and make it gargle' Evening Standard 'A wildly funny account of his travels; abounding in sharp characterization, crunching dialogue and self-parody, it actually is a book which makes you laugh out loud on almost every page ... A sharp, skilful and brilliantly funny book' Literary Review 'A marvellous read ... he is a comic explorer in the grandest mould' Financial Times 'Entertaining ... this is a book about exotic Australia - the fringes, the deserts, the opal mines, the Aborigines, and the North Queensland rednecks' Guardian