Kylie Tennant’s Ride on Stranger

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By Bob Gould

Kylie Tennant was active in the labour movement in the 1930s and was one of Australia’s finest writers. Her two novels, Ride on Stranger and Foveaux, were very witty accounts of life on the left in the 1930s.

Ride on Stranger was produced as a fairly long, possibly 12 or 15 part, telemovie about 25 years ago, and I’ve discovered this evening that it’s in its second or third episode in a late-night time slot on ABC television, starting about 10.45pm.

Younger activists may not get the chance to see it again. It’s good viewing for anyone interested in the history of the labour movement in Sydney.

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