One family. Nine momentous days. An unforgettable novel of love and folly and heartbreak. It is 1939 and although Australia is about to go to war, it doesn’t quite realise yet that the situation is serious. Deep in the working-class Melbourne suburb of Richmond, it is business—your own and everyone else’s—as usual. And young Kip Westaway, failed scholar and stablehand, is living the most important day of his life.
For VCE students: this text is studied in Unit 3 for your analytical or creative response.