(ISBN, 1921922249, 9781921922244), This page was last edited on 6 July 2019, at 15:20. The stage production was developed by David Sale (Book and Lyrics) and Ron Creager (music) and starred Toni Lamond (as Lila Baines), Jayden Cooke and Jordan Prosser (as PS) and Bronwyn Sullivan (as Vanessa Scott). 1963, Houston. We’d love your help. At Vanessa's, there's a regimen of private school, round vowels, piano and riding lessons, and lonely indoor play with fancy toys. Looking for some great streaming picks? It is also a rare snapshot of Sydney in the 1930s, different yet alike. One of the great novels of my life. Two best friends, Vietnam War veterans-turned-stuntmen, are sent as spies to the Philippines on a top secret mission for the Australian government. The story includes uncomfortably vivid insights into Australian culture of the time (when Britain was perceived as the 'home' country). With Wendy Hughes, Robyn Nevin, Nicholas Gledhill, John Hargreaves. It was published in 1963. Multiple POVs ensure that, interestingly, no character is "the bad guy". Along with the 1983 film, a Musical production was performed in Canberra, Australia in 1999 by Supa Productions. Loved reading about the Australia of my Grandparents. Once it did 'get going' it definitely drew me in. I went from hating Vanessa to having great compassion for her. His mother dead, PS lives in Sydney with working-class Aunt Lila and Uncle George. Nicholas Gledhill, in his first role, is brilliant - he carries the film. It was remarkable too I think to develop such a well-rounded child’s character that felt real and appropriate for his age. A subtle, appealing, assured debut novel. After World War II, 4,000 Polish families came to Australia. Careful He Might Hear You is a rare Australian film, a full-scale melodrama. When he's six or eight, his posh Aunt Vanessa descends from England. He is brought up by his Aunt Lila, a warm, maternal woman and her husband, George. Elliott was raised by his aunts, who had a fierce custody battle over him, fictionalized in Elliott's autobiographical novel, Author and Bookstore Owner Emma Straub Returns with 'All Adults Here'. Though Lila and George are the only parents P.S. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The 1983 film Careful, He Might Hear You was based on the novel. Home media. Elliott was born in Sydney in 1917 to the writer Helena Sumner Locke and the journalist Henry Logan Elliott. I remember the film and my family meeting the boy who played PS. Centennial Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Though Vanessa initially assures Lila that she only wants weekend visits with P.S., eventually she assumes primary custody of him and it's Lila and George who are relegated to weekend visitation. I didn't even make it through to the end of the first page this time before I started getting anxious about what lay ahead for PS. Once it did 'ge. During summer vacation on Fire Island, three young people become very close. A powerful story of a custody battle from the perspective of a seven year old boy. Great Aussie classic - another writer who captures the heart and soul of the story through his characters ! Possibly the best Australian novel I've read. PS, short for postscript, is an "almost orphan": his mother, the writer Sinden, died in childbirth and… The story of struggle between two women, aunties for the possession of a six-year-old boy, son of their dead sister, during the 1930s. Set in 1934, written in 1963, filmed in 1983 and read in 2018. He's miserable and when he objects, she sues for complete custody. Loved it. Will anyone listen to him? Written by I bought this as an airport read. A mind in adolescent turmoil; in rebellious conflict with... See full summary ». (so called because he's the postscript to his novelist mother's life) goes to live with his Aunt Lila and her husband George after his mother dies giving birth to him and his father is nowhere to be found. Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts - Best Picture 1970 - 2017. PS is happy at Lila's, playing with children, running about, speaking up. Absolutely loved it. It is set in Sydney during the depression. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Careful,_He_Might_Hear_You_(novel)&oldid=905059067, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Elliott, Sumner Locke. . Be the first to ask a question about Careful He Might Hear You. On Queensland's Gold Coast in the early 1980s, when a disgraced former cop, Michael Stacey writes a book exposing police corruption, does an investigation resulting in 2 murders, exposes a ... See full summary ». The ruthless, moneyed Hubbard clan lives in, and poisons, their part of the deep South at the turn of the twentieth century. A great story about a little boy in the 1930's that will stay with you for a long time. Two couples go to a mutual friend's wedding and end up swapping partners. A Collector's Edition of Careful, He Might Hear You was released on DVD with a new print by Umbrella Entertainment in June 2008. Careful, He Might Hear You Wendy Hughes and Robin Nevin as Vanessa and Lila, are restrained where they could have cut loose. Directed by Carl Schultz. I had seen the movie as a kid and it surprised me how much of the movie had stayed with me (hold me Logan, hold me). It took me about a hundred pages to get into the novel, but once I did I felt connected to the characters in a way that surprised me. True, produced in 1983 in Australia, it is the product of film-making 40 years ago when the emphasis was more on story and less on character. It is set in Sydney during the depression. As a newborn, P.S. A fight between the sisters - "I hate you!" Today, it would probably be done as miniseries - freeing the writer to bring out the characters, their relationships and their emotions, all of which are vital to understanding PS' journey to find himself. PS lives with Lila and George, his mother's older sister and her husband, who see him as their own. Their circumstances are modest in the those Depression years, but they are managing. This is an outstanding book. Having looked at the spine of this for most of my life, the pandemic's shut down of our local public libraries led me to finally pick it up to read. I was stoked! How wrong I was. A remote Australian community, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing. It captures so much emotion and perspective of each character and also captures the essence of Sydney in the 1930's. A fascinating look at family dynamics. This is actually my first read for 2013. But this story deserves so much more. His mother dead, PS lives in Sydney with working-class Aunt Lila and Uncle George. PS lives with his aunt and uncle after his mother's death. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of. How wrong I was. There were some interesting insights into life in greater Sydney (Australia) in the 1930s, during the Depression, but also a timelessness about some aspects of the story ... we still have a significant divide between the 'haves' and the 'have-nots' in our society and a sense of entitlement among the former, irrespective of broader societal experiences. The movie - beautifully rendered and magnificently acted - is an intelligently adapted work, condensed for enactment, to be sure, but still faithful to the evolution of the events. They were Jews, Fascists, anti-Communists, and others dispossessed. And will he take on Vanessa's challenges to find out who he is and to love someone? No so with Sumner Locke Elliott's classic Australian novel "Careful He Might Hear You". Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. Boardroom and dressing-room intrigues spill on to the field at the Australian Rules football club. However, the subtleties of the character interactions - so vital to the novel - were largely glossed over in the film, and that is its shortcoming. Careful, He Might Hear You was Elliott's debut novel. After manipulating both P.S. Emma Straub was all set to spend May on tour promoting her new novel, All Adults Here. His mother dead, PS lives in Sydney with working-class Aunt Lila and Uncle George. PS is happy at Lila's, playing with children, running about, speaking up. This FAQ is empty. The technical contributions - direction, cinematography, sets, lighting, sound, costumes, make-up - are all first rate.If one has not read the book, I am sure the movie - in the 1980s - would be satisfying. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It is written with both tenderness and humour. A tragedy it definitely is but this is the stuff of life. I was so on the edge of my seat when it got close to the verdict that I skipped a few pages and then wanted to throw the book across the room when I read the decision...but there was still more. This book is so beautifully written it is mesmerising. Careful, He Might Hear You - the novel by Sumner Locke Elliott (a thinly disguised autobiographical piece) - is a meandering, but still engaging, narrative of a six-year-old Australian boy, orphaned at birth with the death of his mother and an forever absentee father. Named a co-guardian by PS's feckless, absent father, she asserts her rights and convinces Lila to have PS live with her weekdays. What a beautifully written book with incredible insights into the weird psychologies and motivations of people. 0 of 0 people found this review helpful. Back into their lives comes Vanessa, yet another aunt/sister (there are still even two more), who has been living in England as a companion to Ettie, their family's wealthy cousin. has ever known, when he's six-years-old, his aunt Vanessa arrives from London and carries out a methodical plan to take P.S. Great book club read - should generate much discussion. Following the theft of a postal-order, a fourteen-year old cadet is expelled from Naval College. has ever known, when he's six-years-old, his aunt Vanessa arrives from London and carries ou. When an uncool girl tries to infiltrate the trio's newly found relationship, they construct an elaborate plot that has violent results. Having looked at the spine of this for most of my life, the pandemic's shut down of our local public libraries led me to finally pick it up to read. The main character is a 6 year old boy, P.S. (short for 'post-script') whose mother dies soon after giving birth to him and his alcoholic father disappears in search of gold. Careful, He Might Hear You grossed $2,431,126 at the box office in Australia. (1983). So many geographical references strike a chord for my home town and much of the language typifies the memories of stories related to us by grandparents who grew up in the era. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. The story of a bitter strugle between two women for the possession of a six-year-old boy, written with tenderness, humour and irony. Awards. A classic and I returned to it after many years. (so called because he's the postscript to his novelist mother's life) goes to live with his Aunt Lila and her husband George after his mother dies giving birth to him and his father is nowhere to be found. I wonder if my memory is even correct.
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