Brief Encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia 1836-1939


Brief Encounters imageThroughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, many distinguished writers made the long and arduous voyage across the seas to Australia. They came to give lecture tours and make money, to sort out difficult children sent here to be out of the way; for health, for science, to escape demanding spouses back home, or simply to satisfy a sense of adventure.

Some review comments on Susannah Fullerton’s Brief Encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia 1836-1939.

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 “Brief Encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia 1836 – 1939 is the full title of Susannah Fullerton’s latest work. And that just about sums up its contents. But that dry and scholarly description masks a feast of anecdote, insight and beautifully turned narrative that sheds an amusing light on how Australians relate to a frequently uncomprehending rest of the world … Brief Encounters is a delightful book, well illustrated and indexed. Definitely one to seek out.” Ray Franklin, Sunshine Coast newspapers

 “This book is a delight to anyone who enjoys literary gossip.” Humphrey Tranter, Transnational Literature, Vol 2, 2009

 “With highly entertaining anecdotes and bons-mots abounding, this book is wonderfully entertaining, and we are given a glimpse of how nineteenth-century Australia was seen by others.” Shirley Benneworth, Law Society Journal

 “Susannah Fullerton has dug deep into the early Australian experiences of some great world authors.” Blanche Clark, Herald Sun

 “Thank you for conceiving and writing this splendid book.” Peter Sculthorpe, composer

 “Susannah Fullerton has created a book of fascinating characters.” The Courier Mail

 “I would recommend this book to anyone travelling through Australia! There is always an intriguing introduction, often a vignette about the author’s reception by the public and the media, and especially interesting when the reception was not welcoming! Arthur Conan Doyle, for example, was in trouble with the Religious Right for peddling spiritualism and quackery on his speaking tour, and HG Wells got ticked off by politicians for making critical remarks about Hitler in 1939.” ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

 “A superb book, packed with revelations, insights and wonderful stories. I could not put it down.” Anthea Scarlett