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Keywords: John Marsden

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Australian history through the eyes of a dirt digger

    • Barry Gittins and Jen Vuk
    • 24 October 2014
    9 Comments

    Satirist David Hunt's best-selling Girt The Unauthorised History of Australia prompted Joe Hockey to offer him a job as speech writer. There’s plenty of dirt. Australia was the place to be, writes Hunt, 'unless you were black. Or a woman. Or gay. Or suspected of being Irish. Or even worse, all of the above'.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Australian invasion anxiety in adolescent fantasy

    • Tony Kevin
    • 09 September 2010
    11 Comments

    What do young Australians take away from John Marsden's novels - and now, the film Tomorrow, When the War Began? They are more than escapist fantasies. They convey value messages, calling on young Australians to cherish our country, not to take it for granted, and to be prepared if necessary to kill and die for it.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Not just war as teens fight back

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 09 September 2010
    3 Comments

    The characters voice implicit moral concerns about the right to kill in self-defense, and rationalise why it might be right to take up arms against the invaders. When Ellie is confronted by a mural depicting an encounterbetween Captain Cook and a group of Aboriginal Australians, she ismomentarily arrested.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The wobbly Anglican

    • Eleanor Massey
    • 24 June 2009
    5 Comments

    Neither lapsed nor nominal, but wandering — squizzing through church doors to check the whereabouts of altar, cross and candlesticks, before slipping into the back row. Last up to Communion, first out the door. A True Anglican.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Hamlet's complex adolescence

    • Ellena Savage
    • 24 October 2008
    2 Comments

    Marsden shows us Hamlet, Horatio and Ophelia as children playing in the forest. They discover a dying badger and agree it needs to be euthanised. Hamlet stalls.

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