Such is Life [novel by Tom Collins (Joseph Furphy), 1903]

[Editor: The novel Such is Life by Tom Collins (Joseph Furphy) is regarded as a classic book of Australian literature. A glossary has been provided to explain various words and phrases that may be unfamiliar to modern readers.]


Front cover of the 1945 edition

Front cover of the 1945 edition

Such is Life

Being certain extracts from the diary of Tom Collins

Introduction

Contents

Chapter I
Unemployed

Chapter II
Tuesday, Oct. 9 — Goolumbulla; To Rory’s

Chapter III
Friday, Nov. 9 — Charley’s Paddock; Binney; Catastrophe

Chapter IV
Sunday, Dec. 9 — Dead Man’s Bend! Warrigal Alf Down; Rescue Twice; Enlisted Terrible Tommy, etc.

Chapter V
Wednesday, Jan. 9 — Trinidad Pad., Per Sam Young; Convlave

Chapter VI
Saturday, Feb. 9 — Runnymede; To Alf Jones’s

Chapter VII
Friday, March 28 — Wilcannia Shower; Jack the Shellback; Saturday, March 29 — To Runnymede; Tom Armstrong and Mate



Published in:
Tom Collins [Joseph Furphy], Such is Life, Sydney: The Bulletin Newspaper Company, 1903

Editor’s notes:
Due to the length of the story, the chapters have been divided into several parts:

Chapter I: part 1, part 2, part 3

Chapter II: part 1, part 2

Chapter III: part 1, part 2, part 3

Chapter IV: part 1, part 2, part 3

Chapter V: part 1, part 2

Chapter VI: part 1, part 2, part 3

Chapter VII: part 1, part 2

Each part of a chapter ends with a link to the next part of the chapter, or to the following chapter.

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