Vintage Books: Power Without Glory by Frank Hardy (Australian Classics Ed. Hardcover)

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In the history of Australian literature there are not many books that were more controversial than Frank Hardy’s Power Without Glory. A compelling and forceful story which has intrigued and outraged Australians since its first release. This is a vintage hardcover edition from 1982.

In what was his first novel, Hardy explores a vast social canvas, stretching from the 1890s Depression, to after World War Two. Power Without Glory traces the rise of ruthless John West from impoversiehd working-class beginnings in a Melbourne suburb, to a position of wealth and power.

Exposing the sordid world of gambling, political corruption and underworld intrigue, Hardy’s book was accused of overstepping the fine line between fiction and depiction of real Australian people and events.

Was John West a real figure? For months during the post-war years, an Australian court heard evidence in a sensational libel action brought by businessman John Wren’s wife. After a national uproar which rocked the very foundations of the Commonwealth, Frank Hardy was acquitted. This is the novel which provoked such intense uproar and debate across the nation. The questions it poses remain unanswered…

About the Author

Frank Hardy was born in 1917 to a working-class Catholic family near Warrnambool, Victoria and left school at 13. He found his most formative education in the miseries of unemployment and poverty during the Great Depression. Having joined the army in 1940, one of Hardy’s sergeants is reported to have said: ‘If you write down some the stories you tell on beer nights you’d make a fortune.’ The rest is history.

A communist since the age of 17, an advocate of worker’s rights and Aboriginal welfare, and a dedicated punter, Frank Hardy picked a winner when he discovered he could write. His novels and plays include Power Without Glory, his first novel, The Hard Way, The Four Legged Lottery, The Yarns of Billy Borker, The Unlucky Australians, The Outcasts of Foolparah, But The Dead Are Many, Who Shot George Kirkland, Mary Lives, Faces in the Street and Great Australian Legends.

He died in 1994, aged 76, with a form guide in his lap.

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In the history of Australian literature there are not many books that were more controversial than Frank Hardy’s Power Without Glory. A compelling and forceful story which has intrigued and outraged Australians since its first release.

In what was his first novel, Hardy explores a vast social canvas, stretching from the 1890s Depression, to after World War Two. Power Without Glory traces the rise of ruthless John West from impoversiehd working-class beginnings in a Melbourne suburb, to a position of wealth and power.

Exposing the sordid world of gambling, political corruption and underworld intrigue, Hardy’s book was accused of overstepping the fine line between fiction and depiction of real Australian people and events.

Was John West a real figure? For months during the post-war years, an Australian court heard evidence in a sensational libel action brought by businessman John Wren’s wife. After a national uproar which rocked the very foundations of the Commonwealth, Frank Hardy was acquitted. This is the novel which provoked such intense uproar and debate across the nation. The questions it poses remain unanswered…

About the Author

Frank Hardy was born in 1917 to a working-class Catholic family near Warrnambool, Victoria and left school at 13. He found his most formative education in the miseries of unemployment and poverty during the Great Depression. Having joined the army in 1940, one of Hardy’s sergeants is reported to have said: ‘If you write down some the stories you tell on beer nights you’d make a fortune.’ The rest is history.

A communist since the age of 17, an advocate of worker’s rights and Aboriginal welfare, and a dedicated punter, Frank Hardy picked a winner when he discovered he could write. His novels and plays include Power Without Glory, his first novel, The Hard Way, The Four Legged Lottery, The Yarns of Billy Borker, The Unlucky Australians, The Outcasts of Foolparah, But The Dead Are Many, Who Shot George Kirkland, Mary Lives, Faces in the Street and Great Australian Legends.

He died in 1994, aged 76, with a form guide in his lap.

*****

Vintage hardcover edition with no visible damage. Dust cover complete. 650 pages

Publication Year: 1982
Intended Audience: Adults
Publisher: Angus and Robertson
Genre: Politics & Society
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780207145247

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