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Madeleine St John
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The Women in Black: Gift Edition

Madeleine St John


Text Publishing Company

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


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Written by a superb novelist of contemporary manners, The Women in Black is a fairytale which illuminates the extraordinariness of ordinary lives.

The women in black are run off their feet, what with the Christmas rush and the summer sales that follow. But it's Sydney in the 1950s, and there's still just enough time left on a hot and frantic day to dream and scheme...

By the time the last marked-down frock has been sold, most of the staff of the Ladies' Cocktail section at F. G. Goode's have been launched into slightly different careers.

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.

By:   Madeleine St John
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 205mm,  Width: 138mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   322g
ISBN:   9781925773330
ISBN 10:   1925773337
Publication Date:   December 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

`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

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