In order to get more accurate results, our search has the following Google-Type search functionality:
If you use '+' in front of a word, then that word will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry +Potter will return results with the word 'Potter'.
If you use '-' in front of a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry -Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
If you use 'AND' between two words, then both of those words will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry AND Potter will return results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'OR' between two words, then bth of those words may or may not be present in the search results.
ex: Harry OR Potter will return results with just 'Harry', results with just 'Potter' and results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'NOT' before a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry NOT Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
Placing '""' around words will perform a phrase search. The search results will contain those words in that order.
ex: "Harry Potter" will return any results with 'Harry Potter' in them, but not 'Potter Harry'.
Using '*' in a word will perform a wildcard search. The '*' signifies any number of characters. Searches can not start with a wildcard.
ex: Pot*er will return results with words starting with 'Pot' and ending in 'er'. In this case, 'Potter' will be a match.
Molly Hook, the gravedigger girl, lives with her alcoholic father and uncle, in Darwin, in a dark and emotionally destructive home. Her mother had left her with an inscribed gold pan and two pieces of advice; to harden her heart so as she cannot be hurt, and to look to the sky for comfort. As Japanese bombs fall, she runs away with her friend the shovel, and is joined by an actress and a Japanese fighter pilot, who are her guides and allies as she searches for Longcoat Bob, the Aboriginal magic man who she thinks has cursed her family. Part Odyssey, part Pilgrim’s Progress, part magical adventure, it is an un-put-downable read, right to the very end.
- Kevin Bradley
Assistant Director-General, Collection