'Let fiction mean to please be living near to truth' - Horace
Introduction: Many novelists have caused scandals or uproars by dragging out into the light of day various aspects of life which the conventional morality of the period or strong vested interests wanted to keep hidden away. ... but no novel has had such a violent and tempestuous career, at every moment of its writing, printing, and initial publication, as Frank Hardy's Power without Glory.
Chapter One: One bleak afternoon in the winter of 1893 a young man stood in the doorway of a shop in Jackson Street, Carringbush, a suburb of the City of Melbourne, in the colony of Victoria.
The Australian Labor Party degenerated into a machine for capturing political power, and when it got that power it did not know how to use it except for the benefit of individuals. - Professor V. G. Childe
John West dozed restlessly and fitfully. Now and then he stirred in the bed and cried out in his sleep.