The Young Desire It - Kenneth Mackenzie
Imprint ISBN 0 207 16284 0
This masterful and vivid portrayal of a young boy's
awakening to true love in the sensual landscape of Western
Australia was awarded the Gold Medal of the Australian
Literature Society when first published in 1937.
'The Young Desire It presents
the adolescent boy's view with power and poignancy."
amazingly brilliant." Liverpool
a beautifully written story
of a sensitive boy's movement towards adult love."
Sydney Morning Herald
Kenneth Mackenzie was born near the
town of Wongan Hills in Western Australia on 25th September
1913. His parents were divorced in 1921 and he lived
with his mother in South Perth. His time as a boarder
at Guildford Grammar School was the basis for The
Young Desire It, which he began writing directly
after schooling and was published in London in 1937
under the name Kenneth Seaforth Mackenzie. "My
own adolescence was such a matter of rebuffs, insults,
physical outrages, and misunderstanding
he wrote of this period in his life. He married in 1934
and his own family of four lived in pecunious existence
in Sydney and Kurrajong, and published two volumes of
poetry, Our Earth (1937) and The Moonlit Doorway
(1944) and three other novels, Chosen People
(1938), Dead Men Rising (1951) and The Refuge
(1954). In 1955 he drowned in a creek near Goulburn,
while drunk, probably from an epileptic fit. His son
Hugh also died suddenly in 2000, drowning while suffering
an epileptic fit. A selection of his best work is available
in The Model, edited by Richard Rossiter (UWAP 2000).