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The Sparrows of Edward Street

Inspired by the author’s own life experience, The Sparrows of Edward Street recreates this unique perspective of post-war Sydney with a clear eye and sharp wit.

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A unique fictional view of a little-known corner of Australian history.

Sydney, 1948: When Hanora Sparrow and her teenage daughters, Rosy and Aria, fall upon difficult times they are forced to leave their comfortable middle-class existence. With little more than the suitcases they carry and a few pounds between them, they must move to a housing commission camp on the outskirts of the city and live under much-reduced circumstances.

While the prospect of life in a ramshackle tin shed is grim, these women soon learn that they are not alone. As they befriend other camp residents such as Mr Sparkle, who’s had to leave his family behind to look for work in the city, Mr Gardiner, the war hero who never recovered, and the women of the laundry circle who are the eyes and ears of the camp, the Sparrow women discover that resilience and good humour might just be their salvation.

Elizabeth Stead, author of The Aunts' House, The Sparrows of Edward Street, and The Gospel of Gods and Crocodiles
Photo by Victoria Jay

Elizabeth Stead

Elizabeth Stead is the Sydney-born niece of acclaimed novelist Christina Stead. From childhood, Elizabeth was greatly inspired by her grandfather David George Stead, pioneer naturalist, conservationist and storyteller. Elizabeth has published short fiction and five previous novels: The Fishcastle, The Different World of Fin Starling, The Book of Tides, The Gospel of Gods and Crocodiles and The Sparrows of Edward Street. The Aunts’ House is her sixth novel.