Tamarisk Row

Gerald Murnane



First published in 1974, and out of print for almost twenty years, Tamarisk Row is Gerald Murnane’s first novel, and in many respects his masterpiece, an unsparing evocation of a Catholic childhood in a Victorian country town in the late 1940s.

Clement Killeaton transforms his father’s obsession with gambling, his mother’s piety, the cruelty of his fellow pupils and the mysterious but forbidden attractions of sex, into an imagined world centred on horse-racing, played in the dusty backyard of his home, across the landscapes of the district, and the continent of Australia.

Out of the child’s boredom and fear and fascination, Murnane’s lyrical prose opens perspectives charged with yearning and illumination, offering in the process a truly original view of mid-twentieth-century Australia.


Print ISBN : 978-1-920882-39-6
Epdf ISBN : 978-1-925336-75-7
Epub ISBN : 978-1-925336-76-4
pp : 294pp
March 2008

About the Author

Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne in 1939. He is the author of ten works of fiction. Of these, Tamarisk Row (2008), Inland (2013)Barley Patch (2009), A History of Books (2012), A Million Windows (2014) and Landscape With Landscape (2016), and a collection of essays, Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs (2005), have been published by Giramondo. He is a recipient of the Patrick White Literary Award, the Melbourne Prize for Literature, the Adelaide Festival Literature Award for Innovation, and an Emeritus Fellowship from the Literature Board of the Australia Council. Gerald Murnane: online archive – click on this link to access a summary of Murnane's reviews, articles and publishing history. The Paris Review: 'Scenes from Gerald Murnane's Golf Club' The Sydney Review of Books: 'The Still-Breathing Author', an address by Gerald Murnane