Series Series O - Game [novel] (2013)

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UQFL485-Series O


Game [novel] (2013)


  • 2010-2015 (Creation)

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Shearston first conceived of Game as a screenplay in the mid-1990s. He notes that “it failed to find production money. The first prose version was a novel for young adults. In subsequent drafts it became a novel for adults”. The novel, published by Allen & Unwin, tells the story of the last days in the life of bushranger Ben Hall. Hall wants to quit the game of bushranging and to get to know his son, Harry, who lives with his wife Biddy and Jack Turner, the man she left him for. The novel was longlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Award, shortlisted for the 2014 Christina Stead Award for Fiction 2013, shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Awards 2014 and shortlisted for the 2013 Colin Roderick Award.

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Box 26
Folder 4: Typescript, 1st draft, Oct 2010, 163 leaves
Folder 5: Typescript, 2nd draft, with a few manuscript amendations and additional paragraphs in manuscript, 150 leavles, Oct 2011
Folder 6: Typescript, 3rd draft, 268 leaves, Jul 2012

Box 27
Folder 1: Typescript, editing draft, 277 leaves, Oct 2012
Folder 2: Manuscript notes for final draft, 12p, undated
Folder 3: Contract with Allen & Unwin for the publication of Game, undated, [2012]. Three remittance advices for advances for the novel, 2012 to 2013
Folder 4: Original edited typescript with editor’s manuscript amendations, 277 leaves, with a cover letter from Allen & Unwin, 15 Jul 2013
Folder 5: Correspondence with editors at Allen & Unwin, Dec 2012 to Mar 2013. Several drafts for the cover design, undated. Allen & Unwin authors’ questionnaire, undated. Publisher’s publicity material, Apr to Aug 2013. Two newspaper reviews, and associated letter from Shearston to a senior editor, Jul 2013. Colour photograph of the author (25 x 17 cm)
Folder 6: Email correspondence with Allen & Unwin publisher Jane Palfreyman, and others at A&U, Oct 2012 to Apr 2015
Folder 7: Two publications. 1. Ben Hall. An ABC, BBC-tv, 20th Century Fox television drama series. 77p. ABC, 1975. 2. Bushrangers : Australia's most notorious outlaws in story and pictures. 55p. Southdown Press, [1975]. [with] 3. NRMA Touring map of the Central West, New England and North West of NSW. Used by the author throughout the writing of the novel. 4. Print-out of Police Report on Hall’s capture, accessed online in Oct 2012. 3p.

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Box 26 Folders 4-6; Box 27 Folders 1-7

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Created, Linda Justo, 1-Nov-2019




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  • Box: UQFL485 Box 26
  • Box: UQFL485 Box 27