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An Imaginary Mother

Bron Nicholls


Black Pepper Press

Biography; Biography: general; Memoirs; Child welfare


164 pages


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'Some days, if the wash hadn't been too grubby, Mum would scrape the hot ash from under the copper, let the water cool down, then plonk me naked into the 'pot'. Grinning wickedly she would tell me I was being boiled until tender. 'And then I will gobble you all up!'' Bron was Phyllis Nicholls' first child. 'An Imaginary Mother' is an open-hearted memoir of her mother and their intense relationship over fifty-six years. Phyllis was a secretive, complex and unpredictable woman. Before her marriage, Phyllis worked happily as a designer in Vida Turner's pioneering textile company. After WW II, with a young family, she had to cope with the isolation of a struggling farm, her husband's conversion to a rigid religion and her increasing mood changes between despair, melancholy and joy. Yet to the end of almost eighty years, Phyll was a stoic. She saw her 'madnesses' as the inevitable ups and downs of a full life, to be worked around with a mixture of courage, stealth, ingenuity and, whenever possible, with humour. 'An Imaginary Mother' is a portrait in which the sitter and the painter are both revealed. By the author of 'Mullaway' (made into the movie 'Mull')..

By:   Bron Nicholls
Imprint:   Black Pepper Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 220mm,  Width: 150mm, 
Weight:   275g


ISBN 10:   1876044772
Pages:   164
Publication Date:   January 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  General/trade ,  ELT Advanced ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Awaiting stock   Availability explained
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