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Publisher's Summary

Without doubt, Judy was the worst of the seven, probably because she was the cleverest. Judy's father, Captain Woolcot, found his vivacious, cheeky daughter impossible - but seven children were really too much for him, and most of the time they ran wild at their rambling riverside home, Misrule.

Step inside and meet them all: dreamy Meg and Pip, daring Judy, naughty Bunty, Nell, Baby, and the youngest - 'the General'. Come and share in their lives, their laughter and their tears.

Public Domain (P)2004 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Critic Reviews

"This is a children’s classic which can be revisited at any age, peopled as it is with strong, engaging and vivid characters. I recently reread my own beautifully-illustrated copy, and loved it as much as I had when I was 11 years old." (Sophia Barnes)

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Australian classic: blended family and patriarchy

I joined Audible to read this book. Unable to source a hard copy, I went with technology expecting to be disappointed. I was not. The vintage intonations of the narrator stood the era and story in good stead. The author's unusual style of first person narration outside of the story line absolutely set this apart as a classic early Australian piece. Along with the window into an early blended family on the cusp of deconstructing Edwardian familial norms, I also loved the inclusion of Aboriginal wisdom and work integration as an alternative to colonial patriarchy. The sickness and death scenes were sad yet character building for the other children.....no wonder this is on the classics list. A must to read on two levels: 1) it provides a gaze into the development of an early Australian family - harshness even for the middle class, and 2) it is on the Australian classics list.

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so sad!

its beutiful and amazing and you have to get it. i always cry at the end, its so sad!

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Classic Australian

A fun story (on the whole) brilliantly narrated. A look 100 years on from European settlement in Australia. The attitudes, social rules and standards. Regardless, the book stands the test of time.

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Australian Classic

Adore the story grew up with it. However disappointed with the narration. unable to finish it.
When Judy dies surrounded by all the children in the outback brings me to tears. Father who was once played by Leonard Thiele , Is really a deep compassionate man wanting control of his large boisterous brood. This is a great story for all ages.

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