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The merry-go-round in the Sea


1966 edition of The Merry-go-round in the Sea with blue cover.

Historical information

Julian Randolph Stow (known as Mick to his friends) was born on 28 November 1935 in Geraldton, Western Australia. He was educated at Geraldton Primary School, Guildford Grammar School and at the University of Western Australia. Stow’s first novel, A Haunted Land, was published in 1957 and utilised the Ellendale-Sand Springs area as its setting. Approximately eight years later, The Merry-go-round in the Sea was published also based on his childhood surrounds.



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150 mm
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200 mm
1 kg
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Signed by Mary Stow, Randolph Stow's mother.

Contextual Information

Randolph Stow had strong ties to Geraldton and surrounding areas which helped shape much of his literary work. This item holds particular interest as it is personally signed by his mother, Mary Stow (nee Sewell).

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Geraldton Regional Library

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The Merry-go-round in the Sea Cover Page
The cover page of The Merry-go-round in the Sea by Randolph Stow signed by Mary Stow.
The Merry-go-round in the Sea Blue 1966 edition