Eve Langley and the Pea Pickers
Autobiography or Fiction? This question has shadowed the work of enigmatic Australian author Eve Langley since her first novel, The Pea Pickers, was published in 1942. Almost immediately after, Eve was committed to a mental asylum in Auckland where she remained for more than seven years, separated from her three young children. Hailed as a tour de force, The Pea Pickers was based on Eve's real-life experiences in the 1920s and tells the story of two feisty sisters who wander the Australian countryside dressed is men seeking work and adventure. But woven subtly into this brilliant and funny coming-of-age story is the portrait of a complex family constellation: a masculine mother, an evil father, the narrator's adoring sister, and a perplexing heroine who adopts the name of Steve Hart, one of the Ned Kelly gang who was known to masquerade as a woman. Drawing on contemporary evidence, Eve Langley and The Pea Pickers offers a biography that unravels the life and. the fiction, and the result is a fascinating and ultimately poignant tale. Book jacket.
Publication Date: 01-May-2021
Publisher: Monash University Publishing