Nicholas Hasluck Books

Truant State

A novel first published by Penguin in 1987 and republished by Large Print Books in 1991.
by Nicholas Hasluck

Publication Details:
Penguin, 1987
Paperback 312 pp
ISBN: 0 14 010466 6

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Cover notes:
"To play truant is to reach out, to escape from one world into another, to explore seductive dreamscapes.

Soon after the Great War the Traverne family abandons England for Australia, but within weeks of their arrival in Perth they meet a man who will change their lives - Romney Guy, political maverick, newspaper entrepreneur, raconteur, mining magnate and charming fraud.

The hopes, fears and changing fortunes of the Traverne family, and the love affair between Jack Traverne and Diana Guy, are manipulated at every twist and turn by the enigmatic Romney Guy. Until, at last amidst the mounting turmoil of the depression years and the secessionist movement, the Travernes are forced to take a stand.

By the author of award-winning novel, The Bellarmine Jug, Truant State is a gripping drama, rich with mystery and intrigue, which brings into relief contemporary issues."

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