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    The Trove Book Club returns - "Retribution" by John Silvester Nottage

    The Trove Book Club returns!

    In May we are reading an 1881 short story by John Silvester Nottage: "Retribution". You can read it here:

    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article38222834

    We are running the book club throughout the month of May. You can comment here on the forum, or on social media with the hashtag #trovebookclub.

    Kath Bode's "Australian Newspaper Fiction Database" has discovered thousands of novels and short stories in Trove's Australian digitised newspapers, including some "unknown" authors. The Tasmanian John Silvester Nottage was in his day both prolific and popular - but his work was lost to memory because it was only published in newspapers! With these newspapers now readable in Trove, 100 years on we are discovering the work of this once forgotten Australian author.

    Retribution is a gothic story of revenge set in the Australian outback...

    We look forward to seeing your comments. We will keep discussion going throughout the month with some conversation prompts and questions.

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    I wouldn't read w/o correcting... I've tried to register, but can't get past the password gate-keeper, so I can't add to the data base when I discover new novels that aren't listed. Any clues on what I can do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just4tatts View Post
    I wouldn't read w/o correcting... I've tried to register, but can't get past the password gate-keeper, so I can't add to the data base when I discover new novels that aren't listed. Any clues on what I can do?
    Was it just that one article which you couldn't correct, or can't you log into Trove at all?

    If it's the latter, you could reset your password:
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/forgotPassword

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    I can get into Trove fine. I can't get into "to be continued". My Trove password works fine, but I can't get one for "to be continued" that works. I've asked TBC what to do... months ago. The story is a fast read. The transition from the first act to the second is a bit abrupt. It telegraphed the inevitable conclusion. The magical reappearance of the hero or author is a device used in other AU fiction. Perhaps everyone in remote areas gravitates to the water sources, so eventually one encounters every other person within a few thousand kilometers -- not so many plot twists needed.
    The tender young make a fatal mistake. My favorite stories are those where the landscape is part of the plot.
    Last edited by Just4tatts; 20-05-2018 at 07:38 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just4tatts View Post
    I can get into Trove fine. I can't get into "to be continued". My Trove password works fine, but I can't get one for "to be continued" that works. I've asked TBC what to do... months ago.
    I'm not sure what you are referring to re. "to be continued".

    I looked at the article that this thread is about, but it has no text saying "to be continued".
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article38222834

    Where is the phrase "to be continued" that is stopping you correcting any Trove articles?
    On your log-in screen?
    In an article?
    Elsewhere?

    If it's hard to explain, maybe you could post a screenshot of the problem.
    I'd like to help, but I would need some further explanation of the problem.

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    Well, between my last post and your reply, I suddenly got a new user name and password via email--for TBC. Problem solved. I now have access.

    "To Be Continued" is an effort to identify all of the fiction that appeared in Australian newspapers. It was announced a while back on the front of the Trove website.
    They have oo... 20,000 or so different titles.. from the 19th Century papers, where they started. Here you go. http://cdhrdatasys.anu.edu.au/tobecontinued/ You can look around and read... can't add to the database without registering... and can't correct without access to Trove. They sort of run in parallel.

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    Have you had a chance to read Retribution? We are wondering if Mary Lester was murdered...

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    Oh, I don't think she's dead. I would use "revenge" instead. He is paying for his mistake.

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    I have a recommendation for a read... "Death of a Swagman," by Arthur Upfield -- murder mystery. Look for a piece of non-fiction "The Walls of China." also by Upfield.. You can safely read more about the setting of the mystery.

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    Hi Just4tatts, there are definitely some Upfield fans here at Trove - if you can find it, try the movie "3 Acts of Murder" for a true crime story that involved Upfield.

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