Author(s): Ruth Park
This title is a nostalgic portrait of the eventful family life of the Darcys of Plymouth Street, a Sydney slum in Surry Hills. It concerns Rosie Darcy, and her first and last loves amid the brothels, the razor gangs, the tenements and the grog shops.
Ruth Park was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1922. She moved to Australia in 1942 where she married the writer D'Arcy Niland. They travelled through the outback for a time before settling in Sydney where they earned a living writing full-time until Niland's early death in 1967. Park lived for many years on the remote Norfolk Island. The Harp in the South is generally agreed to be her most remarkable work.