While not a sequel to the earlier “Brent of Bin Bin” novels, this book’s setting is again in the Monaro/Murrumbidgee area of New South Wales, though the time period is now the late 1920s.
Several members of the Poole-Mazere-Healey-Breenan clan are returning to Australia, and their home town of Book Book, by sea. The novel follows the various characters as they return to life in Australia and provides a commentary on the differences between Australian and European life.
“Back to Bool Bool” was published under the pseudonym ‘Brent of Bin Bin’ in 1931. Franklin’s debut novel, ‘My Brilliant Career’ (1901) was her greatest literary success. She went on to publish another thirteen novels and three non-fiction works. Miles Franklin (Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin) was an influential Australian author and feminist committed to the development of a uniquely Australian form of literature, and she actively pursued this goal by supporting writers, literary journals, and writers’ organisations.