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No Town Like Alice by Maisie McKenzie

No Town Like Alice by Maisie McKenzie

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No Town Like Alice

by Maisie McKenzie

Rigby, 1979, [First Edition], b/w plates, illustrated end-papers, hardcover, dustjacket,  ISBN 0727011103

Very Good Condition, rubbed edges, minor creasing to dustjacket

'"You're crazy!" was the usual reaction when Maisie McKenzie and her husband Doug told friends that they were going to work in Alice Springs.  Doug was a United Church minister, and the move seemed a backward step.

Their work took them to places unknown to most Australians.  Such places as Finke, where sixty Pitjantjatjara battle to retain their identity; and Rabbit Flat on the lonely Tanami Track, where Bruce and Jacquie Farrands serve amazing French meals to their rare visitor; and the eerie Deiny Station, former home of the tragic Alex and Lottie Kerr.  They met such colourful or talented characters as Alky Bill, Sneaky Sam, English Richard, Olive Pink, and Ewald Namatjira.  They spoke to many of the old bushmen and women who linked the past and present, and worked hard to bridge the gap between white and black.'

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