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Golden Fleece

W.R. Mead, 1 March 1984

Sheep and Man 
by M.L. Ryder.
Duckworth, 846 pp., £55, November 1983, 0 7156 1655 2
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by Thomas Keneally.
Hodder, 256 pp., £12.95, October 1983, 0 340 33669 2
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... Darwin is void of the merino, the migratory sheep-shearers and the ballads that are essential to Ryder’s Australia. To talk sheep in Alice Springs, which aggressively advertises the virtues of beef, might be an affront. Yet, to echo ‘Alice-Mutton: Mutton-Alice’ in this frequently surrealist country would not seem amiss. For the outback is a kind of ...

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