Description - The Road From Coorain by Jill Ker Conway
This account of an Australian childhood in the outback, and subsequently in Sydney, encompasses family tragedy, a devastating struggle with the desert environment, and an evocation of the Australian landscape. Jill Ker Conway grew up in the 1940s and '50s in Coorain, an isolated 32,000-acre ranch built by her parents on the vast western plains of New South Wales. When her brothers were sent away to boarding school, she became her father's station-hand, helping to herd sheep and check fences, until five years of severe drought laid waste the flourishing Coorain acres and destroyed her parents' dreams. Moving to Sydney, she was forced to comply with the rules and restrictions of city life and with her mother's increasing depression. The author describes her long and painful road to independence, her growing cultural and political awareness at university, and the friendships, travels and studies which brought her to a new understanding of herself and her place in the world.
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(198mm x 128mm x 18mm)
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Author Biography - Jill Ker Conway
Jill Ker Conway was born in Hillston, New South Wales, graduated from the University of Sydney in 1958, and received her PhD from Havard University in 1969. From 1964 to 1975 she taught at the University of Toronto and was Vice President there before serving in 1975 and fro the next ten years as President of Smith College. Since 1985 she has been Visiting Scholar and Professor in MIT's Programme in Science, Technology and Society, and now lives with her husband in Milton, Massachusetts.