Quick And The Dead. Stawell And Its Race Through Time

Perry John

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Cover Type: Softcover
Book Condition: As New
Jacket Condition: None Issued
Publisher: Unsw Press
Publisher Place: Sydney
Publisher Year: 2002
Edition: First Edition

Description: 286 pages. Book appears to have hardly been read and is in As new condition throughout.

Publishers Description: The Stawell Easter Gift is a 'Sheffield Handicap' that has been run since 1878 over a distance of 130 yards on Easter Monday in the goldmining town of Stawell in rural Victoria. It has unique features that hark back to another sporting era: the race is run on grass on a track that slopes very slightly up hill; white cords mark the running lanes; and the spectators sit in a grandstand dating from the eighteenth century. The race has a staggered start and is governed by a handicap system; the winner receives a cash prize; and the punters hope to make their fortunes. This book is a complete, rounded and stylish piece of writing that uses on traditional event in the life of one town to tell human stories - of individuals, their community, their experiences, their history - and by doing so recreates an image of rural life and rural Australia that is deeply engaging. The appeal of the book is the author's literary style and his gentle, loving, sometimes humorous, but never patronising, portrayal of the participants, the community, and their lives over the past and recent present of the race. The framework of the book allows exploration of the great themes of the Australian story: farming

ISBN: 9780868407241


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