Tiger in the Bush

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Tiger in the Bush
Author Nan Chauncy
Country Australia
Language English
Genre children's fiction
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 171pp
Preceded byA Fortune for the Brave
Followed by Devil's Hill

Tiger in the Bush (1957) is a novel for children by Australian author Nan Chauncy, illustrated by Margaret Horder. It won the Children's Book of the Year Award: Older Readers in 1958. [1]

Nan Chauncy was a British-born Australian children's writer.

The Children's Book of the Year Award: Older Readers has been presented annually since 1946 by the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA). Note: from 1946 to 1986 this award was known as "Book of the Year".


Plot outline

This novel is the first of two by the author concentrating on the Lorenny family, who live deep in the rainforest in south-western Tasmania. Badge Lorenny, the youngest of the three Lorenny children, is given a camera by two visiting scientists who want his help in capturing images of a Tasmanian tiger rumoured to be in the district.

Tasmania island state of Australia

Tasmania is an island state of Australia. It is located 240 km (150 mi) to the south of the Australian mainland, separated by Bass Strait. The state encompasses the main island of Tasmania, the 26th-largest island in the world, and the surrounding 334 islands. The state has a population of around 526,700 as of March 2018. Just over forty percent of the population resides in the Greater Hobart precinct, which forms the metropolitan area of the state capital and largest city, Hobart.

Critical reception

In an overview of Chauncy's children's books dealing with the Australian bush, Susan Sheridan and Emma Maguire noted: "Chauncy draws on the relationship that had long been cultivated between the bush environment and the identity of settler Australia, depicting the bush as a site which fosters in the Lorenny family those characteristics of self reliance, mutual support and practical wisdom that were believed to contribute to a uniquely Australian character." And they concluded "...Chauncy’s treatment of the theme of entering into masculinity in the Badge Lorenny novels is subtly altered by her emphasis on learning from the bush through an attitude of attentive love. In retrospect it is also possible to discern in her work the effects of an emerging, ecologically sensitive way of seeing human relationships to the environment." [2]

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