Faces in the Street

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Henry Lawson is often depicted as a bushwhacking swagman, but Australia's most famous writer spent most of his adult life in Sydney and London. His mother Louisa is almost unknown, but largely because of this complex woman, women worldwide have the vote.
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by Pip Wilson

Henry Lawson is usually depicted as a bushwhacking swagman, but Australia's most famous writer spent most of his adult life in Sydney and London, mixing with famous radicals and bohemians. His mother Louisa Lawson is almost unknown, but largely because of this complex woman, women worldwide have the vote.

Pip Wilson's big novel explores the world in which they truly lived - a world of radicalism, poverty, love affairs, insanity, criminality, drunkenness, violence, sedition, terrorism, passionate hopes, and friendships with some of Australia's most remarkable people.

Henry's cohabitation with Lizzie Humphrey while in London in 1901 (when Henry's wife was in a psychiatric hospital), was first discovered during the course of Pip's research for this novel.

Faces in the Street contains a glossary of more than 900 words, and brief biographies of more than 230 real people who appear in the novel or are mentioned in it.

586 pages softcover.

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"Good stuff - experientially, politically, anecdotally, stylistically, narratively, romantically, alcoholically. What more can one say?"
Douglas Houston, PhD, co-editor of the Oxford Good Fiction Guide