The Nobel committee said that [author: Patrick White] had 'introduced a new continent into literature'. White has taken my grandmother and my grandfather and written them with a clear and unflinching love, with a distant warmth and a wit as dry and subtle as gum leaves. I've fully bent three people's ears about this book and can't wait to talk to the friend who swore I'd hate it, that White was tedious and dry. I turned right back the beginning to read it again. This links to a picture of the beautiful Sidney Nolan cover*****I don't want this cover image. I want my cover image, the Sidney Nolan drawing on the Penguin Modern Classics edition. Goodreads librarians are awesome!