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Only Happiness Here

In Search of Elizabeth von Arnim

Gabrielle Carey



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Queensland Univ. Press
29 September 2020
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Elizabeth von Arnim was famous for bestselling books such as Elizabeth and her German Garden, Vera and The Enchanted April, where attaining happiness was a major theme. Born in Kirribilli in 1866, she grew up in England, married a German count, then Bertrand Russell’s older brother Frank, and enjoyed many dalliances. She was pretty, witty and charismatic, but unconventionally put herself first. Carey decided Elizabeth could teach her something about happiness, so researched her life and re-read her novels. A warm blend of biography and book review. After this, you’ll want to read Elizabeth’s books for yourself! Lindy Jones


'When I discovered Elizabeth von Arnim, I found, for the first time, a writer who wrote about being happy.'

Elizabeth von Arnim is one of the early 20th century's most famous - and forgotten -authors. Born in Sydney in the mid 1800s, she went on to write many internationally bestselling novels, marry a Prussian Count and then an English Lord, nurture close friendships with H.G. Wells and E.M. Forster and raise five children.

Her novels were ahead of their time in their representation of women and their pursuit of happiness. Intrigued by von Arnim's extraordinary life and vibrant career, Gabrielle Carey sets off on a literary and philosophical journey to know more about this talented author.

From the Prime Minister's Literary Award winner of Moving Among Strangers, Only Happiness Here is part biography, part memoir and part reflection on human nature's obsession with finding joy.

See also: Books by Elizabeth von Arnim
By:   Gabrielle Carey
Imprint:   Queensland Univ. Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 225mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   334g
ISBN:   9780702262975
ISBN 10:   0702262978
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   29 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gabrielle Carey is a writer and author of ten books, including Moving Among Strangers- Randolph Stow and my family (2013), which jointly won the 2014 Prime Minister's Award for Non-Fiction and was shortlisted for the National Biography Award, and Falling Out of Love with Ivan Southall (2018). She teaches creative non-fiction at the University of Technology Sydney. In 2020 Carey was recently shortlisted for the Hazel Rowley Biography Award for her work on Elizabeth von Arnim.

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