One of the best (in my opinion) authors of the last 100 years in Australia is Alan Marshall (1902-1984). I first came across his classic I Can Jump Puddles in 1973, as a major English novel in high school. A biographical novel which delves into his childhood after contracting polio, it is a riveting story. Whilst being autobiographical, the author has fictionalised the name of many of the characters. It is poignant, moving, brutal in truth and definitely one for cheering on the underdog. Marshall wrote many pieces, including wonderful short stories, along with items for newspaper columns and humorous articles for the AIF news. His last book, These Are My People, (published the year of his death) is a wonderful narration of a journey about a horse-drawn caravan trip that he took around Victoria in 1944. He brings to life the people, the places and myriad wildlife that he experienced on that journey. His descriptive writing takes the reader immediately into the scenario described: and a longing for another time grows within our being. Some of his books are out of print now, but others are available on-line as second hand for purchase. As Molly Meldrum used to say on Countdown...."Do yourself a favour". I have the privilege of owning 2 of his books. They are much loved.