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A Hundred Small Lessons

Ashley Hay


9781760293208

Allen & Unwin


Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


Paperback

384 pages

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Luminous and deeply affecting, A Hundred Small Lessons is about the many small decisions - the invisible moments - that come to make a life. The intertwined lives of two women from different generations tell a rich and intimate story of how we feel what it is to be human, and how place can transform who we are. It takes account of what it means to be mother or daughter; father or son. It's a story of love, and of life.

When Elsie Gormley falls and is forced to leave her Brisbane home of sixty-two years, Lucy Kiss and her family move in, with their new life - new house, new city, new baby. Lucy and her husband Ben are struggling to transform from adventurous lovers to new parents and seek to smooth the rough edges of their present with memories of their past as they try to discover their future selves.

In her nearby nursing home, Elsie revisits the span of her life - the moments she can't bear to let go; the haunts to which she might yet return. Her memories of marriage, motherhood, love and death are intertwined with her old house, whose rooms seem to breathe Elsie's secrets into Lucy.

Through one hot, wet Brisbane summer, seven lives - and two different slices of time - wind along with the flow of the river, as two families chart the ways in which we come, sudden and oblivious, into each other's stories, and the unexpected ripples that flow out from those chance encounters.

By:   Ashley Hay
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781760293208
ISBN 10:   1760293202
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   March 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ashley Hay is a Brisbane-based writer whose work includes fiction, narrative non-fiction, journalism, essays and reviews. Her novels have been longlisted for awards including the Miles Franklin and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and shortlisted for categories in the WA Premier's Prize, the NSW Premier's Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, as well as the Nita B. Kibble Award. Her second novel, The Railwayman's Wife, was awarded the Colin Roderick Award by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies, and also won the People's Choice at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. It was also published in the UK, the US and in translation. A regular contributor to journals including The Monthly and Griffith Review, her essays have won awards in Australia and the US, and have been anthologized - along with her short stories - in collections including Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Science Writing, and Best Australian Short Stories. She was editor of Best Australian Science Writing 2014 and awarded the 2015 Dahl Trust/ABR Fellowship.


  • Short-listed for Best Fiction - Queensland Premier's Literary Awards 2017 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year - Queensland Premier's Literary Awards 2017 (Australia)
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