The Drover's Wife
Paperback $32.99 - Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
Fiction - Published: 3/Dec/2019 - ISBN: 9780143791478
Leah Purcell's play caused a sensation on performance and won the NSW Premier's Prize Book of the Year and now she is expanding that play and a film script to write a novel that while still 'Tarantino meets Deadwood' is also so much more.
In the titular character The Drover's Wife, Purcell has created a figure who is as resonant and significant as Ned Kelly. Lawson's original short story is reimagined vividly to portray the drover's heroic wife as a righteous avenger - on behalf of herself, her children and her race - in a savage male world. Challenging responses to family violence and black white relations. A taut thriller of our pioneering past, The Drover's Wife is full of fury, power, family love and intimate friendships. And has a black sting to the tail, reaching from our nation's settled infancy into our complicated present. Leah Purcell is one of this nation's most eminent cultural figures. She is arguably Australia's most outstanding cultural polymath - a multi award-winning author, director, playwright, actor, director, film-maker, theatre-maker and screen-writer. That she directs her prodigious talents towards Indigenous and First Nations themes, characters and issues, has resulted in a body of work already considered canonical in our library and stage history. Her latest work is the award winning The Drover's Wife. This play written and starring Purcell swept all before it in 2017 winning the VIC and NSW Premiers Literary Awards for Best Play, Best Book, Prize for Literature; AWGIE Awards for Best Play, Major Work and the David Williamson Prize; 4 Helpmann Awards for Best Play, Script and the UNESCO City of Sydney Film Award. This all culminated in Leah being placed in the AFR Top 10 Power List for 2017 for Culture. She recently signed the publishing deal to deliver The Drover's Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson novel in 2019 and will begin filming The Drover's Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson feature film where she will write, direct and star to be delivered 2020. Leah is a proud Goa-Gunggari-Wakka Wakka Murri woman from QLD. The Drover's Wife is utterly authentic, brilliantly plotted, thoroughly harrowing and entirely of our times exploring race, gender, violence and inheritance.
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