The Obiter team has been digging into the database for shiny nuggets of nineteenth century fiction for our next title in the ‘To Be Continued’ series. With the bad puns you’ve probably guessed that this will be a collection of gold mining stories. We’ve busy cutting and polishing stories about bad luck and good luck, temptation and greed, crime and redemption, mateship and romance.
These stories evince the way in which gold finds in Australia fired both economic and literary imaginations well into the late nineteenth century. ‘Gold,’ writes Tanya Dalziell in her introduction, ‘readily lent itself to imaginative speculations about life in the colonies and the proper ways in which it should be led.’ And stories about gold, such as these, ‘say less about the substance itself than the life and times in which it circulates.’
Tom Morison’s Golden Christmas will be available in December and you can pre-order online.