Bush Mary
Teena McCarthy, introduction by Robert Adamson

Paperback | Oct 2021 | Cordite Publishing Inc. | 9780648917625 | 78pp | 230x152mm | GEN | AUD$20.00, NZD$25.00

'The only Sundays I looked forward to were spent with my beloved Australian nanna Kathleen Mary McCarthy. I would sit with Nanna McC — listening to her stories unwind — and watch her pickle onions and brew ginger beer for Sister Kate’s fête. She always cared for unloved and unwanted orphans. She would send me out to play with them. I didn’t understand that I was playing with stolen children. I used to think Nanna McC was a kind of saint. I knew she was sent into service as a domestic slave, but it was not until that moment I understood that she was a Bush Mary.’ — Teena McCarthy