Book #3 Glenroy

The Time We Have Taken

by Steven Carroll

On Sale: 01/11/2008


About the Book

That exotic tribe was us. And the time we have taken, our moment.

One summer morning in 1970, Peter van Rijn, proprietor of a television and wireless shop, pronounces his Melbourne suburb one hundred years old. That same morning, Rita is awakened by a dream of her husband, yet it is years since Vic moved north. Their son, Michael, has left for the city, and is entering the awkward terrain of first love. As the suburb prepares to celebrate progress, Michael's friend Mulligan is commissioned to paint a mural of the area's history. But what vision of the past will his painting reveal?

Meanwhile, Rita's sometime friend Mrs Webster confronts the mystery of her husband's death. And Michael discovers that innocence can only be sustained for so long. THE TIME WE HAVE TAKEN is both a meditation on the rhythms of suburban life and a luminous exploration of public and private reckoning during a time of radical change.

'A writer worth cherishing. His prose is unfailingly assured, lyrical, poised' The Australian

'Moving and indelible in its evocation of the extraordinary in ordinary lives' Miles Franklin Literary Award Judges

Winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, 2008
Winner of The Commonwealth Writers Prize (South East Asia, Pacific region) 2008

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780732278373
  • ISBN 10: 0732278376
  • Imprint: 4th Estate - AU
  • On Sale: 01/11/2008
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price: 22.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / General


Steven Carroll is the multi-award winning author of twelve novels including A World of Other People (2013) , which was the joint winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award, and The Time We Have Taken (2007), which was the winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the SE Asia and Pacific Region and the Miles Franklin Award in 2008. Forever Young (2015) was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award and the Prime Minister's Literary Award in 2016.  A New England Affair (2017) was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award in 2018. His most recent novel is The Year of the Beast (2019). Steven lives in Melbourne with his partner, the author Fiona Capp, and their son.

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