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Difficult Young Man: Text Classics, Boyd Martin
Difficult Young Man: Text Classics
Boyd Martin

Paperback $12.95 - The Text Publishing Company
Fiction - Published: 26/Apr/2012 - ISBN: 9781921922121

Introduced by Sonya Hartnett

Winner, Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 1956

Nearly everyone between the ages of eighteen and thirty turns against his family and wants to escape from it. When he is sixty he wants to creep back to the nursery fireside, but it is no longer there.

Handsome, proud, reprehensible, misunderstood. Dominic Langton is the dark heart of A Difficult Young Man. His brother Guy can scarcely understand where he fits into the pattern of things or what he might do next. Martin Boyd's much loved novel is an elegant, witty and compelling family tale about the contradictions of growing up.

Martin Boyd was born in Switzerland in 1893 of Anglo-Australian parents. At six months he was brought to Australia, where the Boyd family made impressive contributions to the artistic and intellectual life. At the outbreak of the first world war he travelled to England and joined an English regiment and later the Royal Flying Corps. In 1948, at the height of his literary success, he returned to Australia to make a home near Berwick but lived the last 15 years of his life in Rome (1957-1972). Most of his novels maintain an Anglo-Australian theme. Martin Boyd moved to Rome in 1957 and lived there till his death in 1972.

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