The Timeless Land
by Eleanor Dark
Part 1 of The Timeless Land Trilogy
Angus & Robertson, 1980, ISBN 0207142661, hardcover, dustjacket
Very Good Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, previous owners inscription on front endpaper, minor markings on front endpaper, dustjacket shows minor edge and shelf wear (see photographs)
“Eleanor Dark’s great novel on the birth of the Australian nation weaves together the story, with all its hardships and danger, of the first white settlement and the story of the aboriginal people who had lived undisturbed for centuries. While much research has gone into its making, it is a novel that breathes life into the bones of history and personality into the men and women who people it: the determined, fair-minded Governor Phillip on whose discipline Sydney was built; Prentice, the scheming, red-haired convict; Captain Tench, witty and urbane; pious but sadistic Lieutenant Clark; Bennilong, the native who saw his destiny bound to these intruders.
Though the timeless land and its people were neither hostile nor welcoming, inevitably it is a story of conflict. Conflict between the interests of the aborigines who lived in harmony with the land and the “civilising” white people who lived on it who were baffled by it.”