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You have reached the home of 'Faces in the Street',
the big, surprising novel
for Aussies and Aussies at heart.


“Good stuff – experientially, politically, anecdotally, stylistically, narratively, romantically, alcoholically. What more can one say?”
Douglas Houston, PhD (co-editor of the Oxford Good Fiction Guide)

Read the reviews


Read it for free, or purchase the paperback, at the lowest price at this website.

If you wish your bookshop to get it in, please direct them to this page,

Henry LawsonHere you can also access the free online 100,000-word
Louisa Lawson and Henry Lawson Chronology (scroll down).


The novel is print-on-demand (POD) $AU29.95: click here

Also available at, best postage for Northern Hemisphere readers.



Purchase at lowest price ($AU29.95) here

or at one of your favourite online booksellers

ISBN 978-0-9803487-0-5

Louisa and Henry Lawson and the Castlereagh Street Push

Faces in the Street, a novel about Louisa Lawson, Henry Lawson and their remarkable friends

ISBN 978-0-9803487-0-5

(Note that the novel may also be puchased online at, Barnes & Noble, BookFinder4U, Borders.
The book, however, can best be purchased more cheaply and home delivered in just days, here.
If you don't have a credit card, a friend will quite likely order it for you.
Dear bookseller: No, I regret that I personally have no stock to send you.)

By Pip Wilson from Bellingen, NSW, Australia

Enquiries from agents and publishers are invited.


Phone (02) 6655 2785
International  +61-2-6655 2785
Mobile 0407 249 335

Some people have kindly phoned asking if they can buy a copy directly from me.
I'm sorry, I would if I could, but I regret that this isn't possible. I recommend the purchasing links below.
Yes, I will happily sign books that are sent to me with return postage, which is about AU$10 because it weighs .87 of a kilo.

Revealing two remarkable Australians and their mates
in a way that has never been told before


Ten per cent of royalties are donated to the Salvation Army and Lifeline
because they help people who, like Henry Lawson, are down on their luck.
Both organisations have helped me when I've been down on mine. Bless 'em.


ISBN 978-0-9803487-0-5


Fifty-two chapters, 585 pages, including a glossary of approx. 900 Australian terms,
and brief biographies of 230 people who appear in the novel or are mentioned in it.

You will never think the same way about Australia again.


Read the entire book for free in online preview (PDF file, 2.5mB)
(Then buy the marvellous paperback, of course, cobbers, coves and coots,
and one or two for your mates as prezzies. It's a bottler of a book.)


This book is self-published "at great expense to the management".
If you can recommend it to literary agents and/or publishers, my thanks.


Back and front covers (click to enlarge)

Faces in the Street back cover. Louisa Lawson and Henry Lawson. Click to enlarge  Faces in the Street front cover. Louisa Lawson and Henry Lawson. Click to enlarge



Purchase at lowest price ($AU29.95) here

or at one of your favourite online booksellers

ISBN 978-0-9803487-0-5





 Henry Lawson Read samples from the book

Chapter 1  Introducing some of the characters

Chapter 43  The death of Henry Lawson

Contents  Glossary & All the people in the book

Media Release   Read the entire book for free in online preview (PDF file)

Listen to Pip on ABC Radio National's 'Perspective' and read the transcript

This article gives a basic background to the history



What's it about? (Read the reviews)

  • Henry Lawson's love affairs with Mary Gilmore and others.

  • Henry's associations with terrorists, revolutionists and anarchists.

  • What was Mary Gilmore doing with a future Prime Minister (Chris Watson), and with the General-Secretary of Australia's largest union (AWU) -- and a bomb?

  • Louisa Lawson's struggle for women's rights despite poverty and tragedy.

  • Henry and his brother-in-law, Jack Lang (later twice Premier of New South Wales), dodging the police.

  • Drought, unemployment and poverty, and Henry's 400-mile hot tramp through the Outback desert in search of work.

  • The Lawsons in an earthquake in New Zealand.

  • Henry and his wife in London. His wife Bertha in a mental asylum.

  • Was Lizzie Humphrey Henry's lover while he was married to Bertha?

  • Henry Lawson meets Mark Twain.

  • Henry's tragic love for the mysterious Hannah Thornburn.

  • Henry's criminally insane brother Charles.

  • Louisa's descent into pain, violence, insanity.

  • Foundations of the Australian Labor movement and the odd characters behind it.

  • Miles Franklin, Banjo Paterson, Billy Hughes (working on an anarchist journal), William Lane and scores of others.

  • Unusual origins of songs such as ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and ‘Dog on the Tuckerbox’.

  • Henry's publisher John Norton (murderer?) and friends, outrageous parliamentarians.

  • Henry's publisher JF Archibald, who also was committed to a mental asylum.

  • The struggle for Australian Federation and a republic.

  • New Australia: Mary Gilmore & 100s of Aussies in William Lane's South American commune.

  • Poverty, rejection, heartbreak; Henry's suicide attempt.

  • Racism and Australian opposition to immigration.

  • Henry's decline into alcoholism, mental asylums, prisons and death.

  • Much more, and plenty of Aussie humour to lighten the swag.

This article gives some of the novel's background: what they didn't teach you at school about Henry Lawson and his mates


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 The free online companion volume to the novel is the
Louisa Lawson and Henry Lawson Chronology


Louisa and Henry Lawson – they drove each other crazy!



 Click for Lawson in the news

Current news feeds from the Internet using the keywords
Henry Lawson Australian Literature and History


Henry Lawson annd Mary Gilmore, two radicals who ended up on Australia's banknotes


Pip Wilson's website: Wilson's Almanac

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