Half A Lifetime

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Memoir by renowned Australian poet Judith Wright. Half a Lifetime is a journey into the first half of the poet's life. Evocative and beautifully written, this memoir of one of Australia's most successful poets is a must-read for committed poetry readers and anyone with an interest in Australian literature. 

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In this luminous memoir, Judith Wright takes the reader on an intimate journey into the first half of her life. She tells how her stern forebears became prominent pastoralists in northern New South Wales, and describes with stunning clarity the landscapes she grew up in.

She remembers her first encounters with words and the emergence of her consciousness of self. She movingly describes her mother’s death. And she recounts her resolution to escape from this world she loved in order to be free.

In Brisbane during the war Wright met Jack McKinney, a philosopher who became her lover, and her intellectual companion in her commitment to the environment, the rights of Aboriginal people, and the possibility of leading a just life.

Half a Lifetime includes a number of Wright’s best-loved poems, and many never before published photographs. Sensuous, honest and intelligent, this is an unforgettable autobiography by a great Australian writer.

304 pages.

21cm x 14cm.

Adult non-fiction, memoir/autobiography.

Published by Text Publishing.

Written by Judith Wright.

Judith Wright was an Australian poet, environmentalist and campaigner for Aboriginal land rights. She was a recipient of the Christopher Brennan Award. She was a recipient of the Australian National Living Treasure Award in 1998.

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