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Author: Roger McDonald
Publisher: North Sydney, N.S.W. : Random House Australia, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document : Fiction   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Years ago, in a midnight encounter beside the railroad tracks, a young boy meets a stranger with a powerful secret, a gift of uncanny understanding and a talent for knots. From this encounter, Marcus Friendly's ideas of himself take shape as he rises to become Australia's sixteenth Prime Minister. The night he dies, a shadow 'thin as a scythe', is there to collect him when he falls. Another young boy, Ross Devlin,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Political fiction
General fiction
Material Type: Document, Fiction
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Roger McDonald
ISBN: 9781742759913 1742759912 9781742759937 1742759939 9781742759920 1742759920
OCLC Number: 841157295
Description: pages
Contents: Winner of the 2006 Miles Franklin Award for 'The Ballad of Desmond Kale' --
cover. -Marcus Friendly was the Australian Prime Minister of the people. His legacy was a following to be unraveled by the next generations of Laborites. The world was run by knots and methods of knots. Years ago, in a midnight encounter, a young boy meets a stranger with a powerful secret, a gift of uncanny understanding.
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Years ago, in a midnight encounter beside the railroad tracks, a young boy meets a stranger with a powerful secret, a gift of uncanny understanding and a talent for knots. From this encounter, Marcus Friendly's ideas of himself take shape as he rises to become Australia's sixteenth Prime Minister. The night he dies, a shadow 'thin as a scythe', is there to collect him when he falls. Another young boy, Ross Devlin, witnesses the event. Ross eventually finds himself on an outback station working for Kyle Morrison, son of Australia's most famous poet, 'The Bounder'. Kyle suddenly needs help to undo a knot of his own, and a young union organiser, Max Petersen, steps in to right an old injustice. Now, after years in parliament, Max Petersen, the inheritor of the Friendly tradition in more ways than one, awaits a call from the PM for the ministry he craves. Around him, a crisis among friends and family is unfolding, and everyone is forced to confront the legacy they have inherited, their influence in a changing world and what follows on after them.

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