The Hand that Signed the Paper



Publisher: Sydney, Allen & Unwin, 1994, first edition
Description: pp158, 8vo, wrappers. Paper tanning, else very good

The dark novel set in wartime Ukraine that won the Miles Franklin Award in 1995. Although critically praised (it also won the Vogel Award for a first novel), public opinion turned against the book when it was revealed that the author was not of Ukrainian heritage, as she claimed. It was withdrawn, and later re-issued under the author’s real name,Helen Darville. No. 40 in Geoffrey Cains Access Denied: A Bibliography of Suppressed Australian Literature

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