The Women in Black

Author:   Madeleine St John
Publisher:   Text Publishing
ISBN:  

9781921656798


Pages:   256
Publication Date:   25 October 2010
Format:   Paperback
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Sydney in the 1950s. On the second floor of the famous F. G. Goode department store, in Ladies' Cocktail Frocks, the women in black are girding themselves for the Christmas rush. Among the staff-Patty Williams with her wayward husband Frank, the sweet but unlucky Fay, faithful Mrs Jacob of the measuring tape-is Lisa, the new Sales Assistant (Temporary), who is waiting for the results of her Leaving Certificate. Across the floor and beyond the arch, Lisa will meet the glamorous Continental refugee, Magda, guardian of the rose-pink cave of Model Gowns. With the lightest touch and the most tender of comic instincts, Madeleine St John conjures a vanished summer of innocence. The Women in Black is a great novel, a lost Australian classic.

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Author:   Madeleine St John
Publisher:   Text Publishing
Imprint:   The Text Publishing Company
Dimensions:   Width: 13.00cm , Height: 1.60cm , Length: 19.80cm
Weight:   0.205kg
ISBN:  

9781921656798


ISBN 10:   1921656794
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   25 October 2010
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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`There is something special about...The Women in Black. St John's tone is...a joy: brisk, perfectly managed and, in its disdain for clutter, oddly life-affirming. She casts an airy spell with the deftness of her prose, which moves gracefully, swiftly and with perfect manners...[St John] conjures a Sydney on the cusp of modern promise; a place where her characters can meet the future with a bright face and step out of the past like an old dress, where limits can be lightly shaken off.' -- Delia Falconer * Australian * `A highly sophisticated work, full of funny, sharp and subtle observations...a small masterpiece.' * Sunday Times (UK) * `A little gem...shot through with old-fashioned innocence and sly humour.' * Vogue * `A knockout - ironic, sharp, alive, and then you're stopped in your tracks by the warmth of her insights.' -- Joan London `An exceptional writer. Those of us who knew her at Sydney University back in the late 1950s are still trying to forgive ourselves that we never guessed what she would become.' -- Clive James `Seductive, hilarious, brilliantly observed, this novel shimmers with wit and tenderness.' -- Helen Garner


`Seductive, hilarious, brilliantly observed, this novel shimmers with wit and tenderness.' -- Helen Garner `An exceptional writer. Those of us who knew her at Sydney University back in the late 1950s are still trying to forgive ourselves that we never guessed what she would become.' -- Clive James `A knockout - ironic, sharp, alive, and then you're stopped in your tracks by the warmth of her insights.' -- Joan London `A little gem...shot through with old-fashioned innocence and sly humour.' * Vogue * `A highly sophisticated work, full of funny, sharp and subtle observations...a small masterpiece.' * Sunday Times (UK) * `There is something special about...The Women in Black. St John's tone is...a joy: brisk, perfectly managed and, in its disdain for clutter, oddly life-affirming. She casts an airy spell with the deftness of her prose, which moves gracefully, swiftly and with perfect manners...[St John] conjures a Sydney on the cusp of modern promise; a place where her characters can meet the future with a bright face and step out of the past like an old dress, where limits can be lightly shaken off.' -- Delia Falconer * Australian *


Author Information

Madeleine St John was born in Sydney in 1941. She studied Arts at Sydney University, where her contemporaries included Bruce Beresford, Germaine Greer, Clive James and Robert Hughes. In 1993, St John published her first novel, The Women in Black, the only book she set in Australia. Her third novel, The Essence of the Thing (1997), was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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