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Ruth Morris (b.1926) was born in Victoria, where her father commanded the Army Garrison. She was educated at Melbourne University, taught, and in 1949 came to England for two years, where she worked on farms, and with the mentally and physically disabled. She moved back to Australia, and started writing The Runaway, basing it on a journey she’d made through Queensland in an ancient Ford. She also suffered some of her heroine Joanne’s privations; for some weeks she lived on two meals a day, both of them pumpkin and rice.
Finding the book
Reasonably easy to find, though the paperback version isn’t as common as you’d think.
Sources and links
Dustjacket of The Runaway, first edition