Clean Straw for Nothing
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Preceded by||The Far Face of the Moon|
|Followed by||A Cartload of Clay|
Clean Straw for Nothing (1969) is a Miles Franklin Award-winning novel by Australian author George Johnston. This novel is a sequel to My Brother Jack, and is the second in the Meredith trilogy of semi-autobiographical novels by Johnston.
In real life, Johnson abandoned a conventional career in Australia in journalism, and moved to a Greek island which was a magnet at the time for artists and writers. The novel Clean Straw for Nothing similarly tells the story of a journalist (David Meredith) who relocates to a Greek island, but fails to find the answers he seeks after even 13 years.
Ian Hicks, writing in The Canberra Times at time of the original publication of the novel, indicates that it is a worthy successor to My Brother Jack: "To say that it repeats the success of Jack is to be guilty of extreme understatement; it is a magnetic book that grasps the reader's attention and holds it firmly, with no apology...As of now we have two fine novels setting before us the dilemma of the Australian search for something beyond and intrinsically better than a crushing rush for materialistic gain. What can have happened, we are being asked, to the soul of a country once so much identified by its demand for social advance and by its belief in the virtue that was mateship."
The novel takes it title from the old London pub lines: "Drunk for a penny. Dead drunk for tuppence. Clean straw for nothing."
Kay Keavney interviewed the author for The Australian Women's Weekly at the time of its publication.
- "Author Wins $1,0000 Award", The Canberra Times, 15 April 1970, p3
- Austlit - Clean Straw for Nothing by George Johnston
- "Continuing the quest for an Australian identity" by Ian Hicks, The Canberra Times, 23 August 1969, p23
- "From George, with sadness" by Kay Keavney, The Australian Women's Weekly, 27 August 1969, p. 13.
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