A hardcover edition with maroon cloth and gilt lettering and dark green illustration on spine and front cover. There is no dust jacket and the cloth cover is stained, faded and rubbed along the edges of the book. The book has an inscription and toning and foxing throughout but the text and black and white plates are legible. Illustrations by A. J. Johnson.
Published by Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, London and Melbourne.
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The Little Larrikin is the fourth novel by Australian author Ethel Turner and was first published in 1896. It tells the story of junior Barrister Roger Carruthers who, 2 and 3 years after the death of his mother and father, spend his meagre income on funding his brothers’ education and keeping house and home together. Martin has almost completed his medical degree at University; Clem will soon be finished high school; Phil still has some way to go at school and Lawrence, the Little Larrikin of the title, spends his days getting up to mischief with the local louts. Roger would love to marry budding artist Linley Middleton, but cannot offer her the lifestyle to which she is accustomed. This novel is an excellent portrait of family life in Sydney in the late 19th century. Turner includes the challenges of poverty, young love, romance, heartbreak, near tragedy but also plenty of humour. It is largely biographical and Turner admits that it is really a re-enactment of her romance with Herbert Curlewis, ultimately her husband, with herself disguised as Linley and Herbert as Roger.