Lists with This Book. Available online at Project Gutenberg Australia. View all 5 comments. The book picks up a lot once cousins Kirkham and Morrison head off to pursue riches via gold-seeking, however, and by the second half of the novel I was hooked. Sep 13, Diane rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. The beginning of this book reminded me of a really super BBC series "The House of Elliot" - it was all about two sisters, one pretty, one plain I would call her vibrant and how, with the death of their father, they find they have to make their own way in the world.
Evie is expected to marry but business minded Bea finds a solution to their woes where no one is compromised. Unfortunately "Kirkham's Find" is not of such a high standard. Nancy is the pretty one and Phoebe is destined to be left on the she The beginning of this book reminded me of a really super BBC series "The House of Elliot" - it was all about two sisters, one pretty, one plain I would call her vibrant and how, with the death of their father, they find they have to make their own way in the world.
Nancy is the pretty one and Phoebe is destined to be left on the shelf but in almost every chapter there are long discussions on how unattractive Phoebe is - it got very tiring to read. And Nancy is not so nice, she is mercenary and while she likes the idea of having Ned Kirkham and Alan Morrison dancing attendance on her, they are poor "not a penny a piece" and she is determined to marry wealth. Phoebe may be the unattractive member of the family but her sound commonsense draws silent admiration from Allan, unfortunately he and Ned are just about to set off for the gold fields to make their fortune.
Mary Gaunt was born and spent her young adult life in country Victoria and she tells an, at times, interesting story that spans the sleepy countryside to the grim reality of the goldfields. In an extended section Kirkham and Morrison fight off marauding aborigines - Kirkham showing his mettle by sticking by the injured Morrison, only leaving him by a waterhole when he knows help is just a few miles away. Gaunt was also a feminist and spoke through the book's heroine, Phoebe, - her tirades against being too old at 25 to do much of anything except find a husband if she can!!
Her frustration at wanting to earn her own living, finding a place in the world where she can hold her head up, seeing her brothers being given consideration even though they are failing their university courses. It seems to mirror Gaunt's own life.
Phoebe asserts her independence by moving to the Warrnambool district and becoming a beekeeper and, later on, a small farmer. It was only a 3 star read for me - there was not enough about the troubles and triumphs of Phoebe's farming start and too much about the marriage market and the end of the book turned into a "who will she marry" etc.
Thankfully she gave a series of talks in the s about Australian authors and her feelings about them. Intermittencies of the Mind An Unreliable Reader. Georgie Rychner rated it it was amazing Nov 05, Dagny rated it really liked it Jan 12, Overall rating No ratings yet 0. Nancy is the pretty one and Phoebe is destined to be left on the she The beginning of this book reminded me of a really super BBC series "The House of Elliot" - it was all about two sisters, one pretty, one plain I would call her vibrant and how, with the death of their father, they find they have to make their own way in the world.
Because really for all Phoebe's independence and strong will, her wish in life was to ultimately marry. Her latent snobbery also came out when younger sister Lydia takes up with a young farmer. Phoebe, who has always been the brunt of her mother's complaints about "unladylike" ways, soon reverts to an elitist way of thinking herself as she differentiates Ned Kirkham from the other farmers because of his "English voice which told of public school and college training" - a few pages back she dismisses Lydia's beau because of his obvious state school accent!!!
I got a bit frustrated with the mother more than other character always wringing her hands in worry, but still thoroughly enjoyed the whole book. I'll be looking out for more of Mary Gaunts books to read Danielle rated it liked it Nov 28, Karen rated it really liked it Jan 12, You submitted the following rating and review.
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Kirkham's Find () is a novel by Australian writer Mary Gaunt. Contents. 1 Story outline; 2 Critical reception; 3 See also; 4 References. Story outline. Kirkham's Find has 12 ratings and 4 reviews. Laura said: Available online at Project Gutenberg uzotoqadoh.tk book will be discussed at Yahoo Group - L.
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Would you like us to take another look at this review? The other is the quiet, uneventful existence of a family at Ballarat, and the attempt made by one of the girls to earn her own living by beekeeping and poultry farming. In The West Australian a reviewer noted that "Mary Gaunt has built up an interesting and brightly-written story, full of Australian colour and with an abundance of incident with which to sustain the reader's attention.
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