No Sunlight Singing

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9 December 2014

Thumbprint of Arthur Boyd painting

The Arthur Boyd painting used on the cover of the original print edition of No Sunlight Singing was auctioned by Sotheby's in Sydney on 26 August 2014. Under the name Aboriginal Children and Windmill, the picture sold for $39,040. It was described as tempera on composition board. At 21 x 17.5 cm, it is approximately the same size as its reproduction on the dust jacket of the book.

10 November 2012

The mobi e-book version (for Kindle readers and apps) has been slightly re-formatted to improve the appearance of the text when using a colour option other than white background.

6 July 2012

I have now launched a companion site to this one: Solidarity Forever, by Bertha Walker, including the full text of my mother's book, first published in 1972.

The book is about the life and times of Percy Laidler, a prominent Australian socialist of the early twentieth century. Percy Laidler was the father of Bertha Walker.

8 March 2011

Wikipedia now includes an article on Joe Walker.

A blogger's review of No Sunlight Singing has been spotted, in The Brannan Blog.

25 August 2010

Following a suggestion from a reader, the Glossary has been revised, to provide links back to the passages quoted from the novel. Just click on the book and chapter numbers under a quote to go to the relevant part of the Web version of No Sunlight Singing.

I have also added a number of additional words and phrases to the glossary — Australian expressions and usages overlooked in the initial version: beauty/beaut; cop; cracker; do one's block; do over; drum; easy; form; give [something] a go; go bush; homestead; in it; killer; lob; lolly; my word; on the track; phizgig; rotten; shoot through; the shot; spell; strong of; too right; and trot.

Is this all the Australianisms in the book, now? Probably not, but it will surely do for going on with. The glossary also now has a Further Reading section at the end.

Jason Steger's column in The Age mentioning this site was printed in the Brisbane Times on 9 August. It is accessible on the newspaper's website too. Scroll down to the "Yorky goes digital" subhead.

On 10 August, eBookNewser featured No Sunlight Singing as its "Free eBook of the Day".

8 August 2010

Since the site went live in July, it has been attracting some attention from people interested in Australian Literature.

Jason Steger's BOOKMARKS column in The Age on Saturday 7 August included an item about Yorky Walker and the electronic re-publication of No Sunlight Singing on this website ("Yorky goes digital", A2 section, page 30).

The Library of Edith Cowan University asked if they might install a copy of the PDF of the novel on their system, which I agreed to. No Sunlight Singing is now accessible via an entry in the library's catalogue. Anyone else interested in hosting a copy of the novel, please contact me.

AustLit, the Australian Literature Resource, a collaboration between a number of universities and the National Library, has included in its index an entry for the electronic edition of No Sunlight Singing, with a link to this site. (Full access to AustLit requires a subscription — your local public library may have one.)

The site has been created by Alan Walker, son of the author of No Sunlight Singing, to make the full text of this long-neglected novel available to all interested readers. The site went live in 2010, marking the author's centenary and the 50th anniversary of the book's first publication.

Feel free to send me any comments about the website or about No Sunlight Singing, by email to Please indicate whether you are willing for your comments to be reproduced on the website. If there is sufficient interest, I may add a forum or guestbook to the site.

My mother, Bertha Walker, also wrote a book, Solidarity Forever (1972), about her father, Percy Laidler, a prominent socialist figure in Melbourne in the first half of the 20th century. I have created a website similar to this one, about Solidarity Forever and its author, including the book itself in a free digital edition. The site is