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Australian author and co-founding member of the Communist Party of...

Australian author and co-founding member of the Communist Party of Australia, Katharine Susannah Prichard, was born on this day, 4th December, 1883.

Coonardoo: The Well in the Shadow is a novel she wrote which depicts the Australian landscape beautifully as it was in the late 1920s.

Originally written under the name Jim Ashburton, this novel was joint winner of the Bulletin Novel Competition in 1928. It was first serialised in The Bulletin magazine in 15 weekly instalments from 5 September 1928.

The State Library of New South Wales holds first editions and other early editions of this book.