Australasian Book Society, 1961, Hardcover, Book Condition: Very Good, Dust Jacket Condition: Good, Reprint
206 pages, +2 pages blank, original illustrated dustjacket. Offset tanning of the end pages, darkening of the top edge of the text block. The dustjacket has a short tear at the top left of the rear panel and foxing on the same, and 2 short tears on the bottom edge of the front panel. Previous owner's name on front free end page, offset tanning of front and rear free end pages.. . When a herd of bullocks has to be driven from a farm to a railhead, across an arid stretch of Australian desert, two men, widely different in age, experience, character and outlook come together at the beginning of the journey. Old John Napier is a veteran of the First World War, a tough, taciturn drover, who commands complete loyalty from the three aborigines he employs. He takes on a young man of 26 called Tom, and the five of them set off to deliver beef on the horse in the best possible condition and with the minimum losses. The Driven brings sharply to life the harshness of the Australian landscape, the unspoken struggle between personalities and against the constant lowing and shuffling of the herd, the companionship which comes to men through their dependence on one another, brought about by the difficult job in hand and the loneliness of a bitter countryside. -- front fold over blurb Size: 12mo (Small Hardcover). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Reading creases on the spine, age toning of the page edges. Dust Jacket price-clipped. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Fiction; Inventory No: 0241257.