It’s Raining in Mango
Pictures From the Family Album
by Thea Astley
Penguin Books, 1989, ISBN 0140121382, paperback
Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, age toned edges, no inscriptions (see photographs)
“One family traced from the 1860s to the 1980s: from Cornelius to Connie to Reever, who was last seen heading north.
Cornelius Laffey, an Irish-born journalist, wrests his family from the easy living of nineteenth-century Sydney and takes them to Cooktown in northern Queensland where thousands of diggers are searching for gold in the mud. The family confronts the horror of Aboriginal dispossession – Cornelius is sacked for reporting the slaughter. His daughter, Nadine, joins the singing whore on the barge and goes upstream, only to be washed out at sea.
The cycles of generations turn, one over the other. Only some things change. That world and this world both have their Catholic priests, their bigots, their radicals. Full of powerful and independent characters, this is an unforgettable tale of the other side of Australia’s heritage.”