The Fortunes of Richard Mahony reflects the foundational years of Victoria through the restless, eventually harrowing narrative of the Mahony family, and centrally through the life of Richard Mahony, voyager, questor, idealist. This is the first time anywhere that all three novels have been published complete, simultaneously and accurately. The cuts that Richardson was obliged to make for the 1930 single-volume omnibus edition have all been restored from the author’s preferred version. The four chapters of her planned continuation — bringing the narrative up to the time of Gallipoli — are included. This unique edition includes notes and source material.
‘… one of the greatest novels yet written by an Australian, … [Richardson] reaches a height of literary perfection that will not easily be matched in a field a great deal wider than the Australian one’ – The Bulletin, 13 March 1929