The Essence of the Thing: Text Classics

Awards:   Short-listed for Booker Prize 1997 Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 1997.
Author:   Madeleine St John ,  Helen Trinca
Publisher:   Text Publishing
Edition:   New edition
ISBN:  

9781922079725


Pages:   272
Publication Date:   26 June 2013
Format:   Paperback
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Awards

  • Short-listed for Booker Prize 1997
  • Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 1997.

Overview

'My mother sent you this,' he said. 'Oh?' 'I believe it's some marmalade,' he said. 'From the latest batch.' 'How kind,' said Nicola, opening the bag. 'You haven't told them, then?' 'Told them what?' 'That we're no longer in a shared marmalade situation...' Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, this brilliant novel from Madeleine St John, author of The Womenin Black, is a comic and tender look at the vicissitudes of love and relationships. Nicola shouldnever have stepped out to buy that pack of cigarettes, because the man she discovers in herliving room when she returns is not the adorable, straightforward, devoted Jonathan with whomshe has been sharing her life. That Jonathan would never have unilaterally decided that sheshould, as he abruptly put it, 'move out'. A shocked Nicola packs her bags and sets out bravelyon the bumpy course that will take her from the end of an affair to the essence of the thing. This edition of The Essence of the Thing comes with an introduction by Helen Trinca, MadeleineSt John's biographer.

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Author:   Madeleine St John ,  Helen Trinca
Publisher:   Text Publishing
Imprint:   The Text Publishing Company
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Width: 13.10cm , Height: 1.70cm , Length: 20.10cm
Weight:   0.195kg
ISBN:  

9781922079725


ISBN 10:   1922079723
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   26 June 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Reviews

`Brisk, sophisticated and artful.' * New York Times Book Review * `St John's intelligence transforms a simple story into a much larger commentary on love and loss.' * Mademoiselle * `Using spare prose, sparkling dialogue and painfully true observations on family life, St John creates a winning combination of humour and pathos.' * Publishers Weekly *


'Brisk, sophisticated and artful.' New York Times Book Review 'St John's intelligence transforms a simple story into a much larger commentary on love and loss.' Mademoiselle 'Using spare prose, sparkling dialogue and painfully true observations on family life, St John creates a winning combination of humour and pathos.' Publishers Weekly


`Using spare prose, sparkling dialogue and painfully true observations on family life, St John creates a winning combination of humour and pathos.' * Publishers Weekly * `St John's intelligence transforms a simple story into a much larger commentary on love and loss.' * Mademoiselle * `Brisk, sophisticated and artful.' * New York Times Book Review *


Author Information

Madeleine St John was born in Sydney in 1941. Her father, Edward, was a barrister and Liberal politician. Her mother, Sylvette, committed suicide in 1954, when Madeleine was twelve. Sylvette's death, Madeleine later said, `obviously changed everything'. St John studied Arts at Sydney University, where her contemporaries included Bruce Beresford, Germaine Greer, Clive James and Robert Hughes. In 1965 she married Chris Tillam, a fellow student, and they moved to the United States where they first attended Stanford and later Cambridge. From Cambridge, St John relocated to London in 1968. The couple did not reunite and the marriage ended. St John settled in Notting Hill. She worked at a series of odd jobs, and then, in 1993, published her first novel, The Women in Black, the only book she set in Australia. When her third novel, The Essence of the Thing (1997), was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, she became the first Australian woman to receive this honour. St John died in 2006.

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