The sensational novel that shocked Australia, Come in Spinner won the 1948 Daily Telegraph novel competition. It was first published in an abridged edition in 1951, as the subject matter - including rape, abortion and prostitution - was considered too controversial for the time. Even so, the book was an immediate sensation, with bookshops in both Sydney and Brisbane sold out within days.
Set in a beauty salon at the Hotel South Pacific in wartime Sydney, it revolves around the lives and loves of three women - Deb, Guinea and Claire. Their romantic entanglements are further complicated by the tensions of war, with American troops in 'occupation' and at a time when anything could be obtained - for a price.
About the Author
Dymphna Cusack was born in West Wyalong, New South Wales, Dymphna Cusack was educated at St Ursula's College, and graduated from Sydney University with an honours degree in Arts and a diploma in Education. She worked as a teacher until she retired in 1944 for health reasons.
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Now that I have belatedly 'discovered' Dymphna Cusack, I can't get enough of her. At the time, her books were translated into many languages (Russian, Albanian, German, French, Mandarin etc etc) and she was Europe's most popular foreign author. "Come In Spinner" was a bit scandalous in its day as it doesn't hide the facts of unwanted pregnancies, adulteries, affairs with American servicemen, etc, that occurred in Sydney during the second world war. It centres around the women working in a beauty salon in a ritzy hotel in the city, their loves, losses and friendships with each other. There are some hilarious accounts of having run-ins with the hotel bosses. All very engaging characters. I loved it.
Series: A&R Classics
For Ages: 14 - 15 years old
For Grades: 10 - 12
Number Of Pages: 720
Published: 1st March 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 5.1
Weight (kg): 0.67