RAHS Day Lecture – The Making of Martin Sparrow: History in the Fiction
June 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmFree
Peter Cochrane is best-known as an admired Australian historian, but The Making of Martin Sparrow is his second novel. Making the transition from historian to novelist, Peter will discuss the life and times of Martin Sparrow, how he came to write the book and history’s part in the exercise.
The Making of Martin Sparrow
Set against the awe-inspiring immensity of the hinterland west of the Hawkesbury River, this epic of chance and endurance is an immersion into another time – a masterpiece of language and atmosphere.
Ex-convict Martin Sparrow is already a lazy, lovelorn and deep-in-debt failure when his farm is wrecked by the great flood of March 1806. In the aftermath he is confronted with a choice. He can buckle down and set about his agricultural recovery, or he can heed the whispers of an earthly paradise on the far side of the mountains – a place where men are truly free – and strike out for new life. But what chance of renewal is there for a man like Sparrow in either the brutal colony or the forbidding wilderness?
About the Speaker: Peter Cochrane is a widely published historian and writer based in Sydney. He is best known for his book, Colonial Ambition: Foundations of Australian Democracy, which won The Age Book of the Year in 2007. His most recent work of non-fiction is Best We Forget. The War for White Australia, 1914-18 (Text Publishing, 2018). His first venture into fiction was the novella Governor Bligh and the Short Man. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.RESERVE TICKETS