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The Women in Black  : Text Classics - Madeleine St. John

The Women in Black

Text Classics

By: Madeleine St. John , Bruce Beresford (Introduction by)

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Published: 26th April 2012
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At the very end of the Ladies' Frocks Departments, past Cocktail Frocks, there was something very special, something quite, quite wonderful; but it wasn't for everybody: that was the point. Because there, at the very end, there was a lovely arch, on which was written in curly letters Model Gowns.

In the famous F.G. Goode department store, Lisa is the new Sales Assistant (Temporary) in Ladies' Cocktail Frocks. She is about to meet Magda, the glamorous Continental refugee and guardian of the rose-pink cave of Model Gowns.

About the Author

Madeleine St John was born in Sydney. She graduated from Sydney University in 1963 and lived in London for most of the succeeding years, until her death in 2006. The Women in Black is her first novel. She also wrote A Pure Clear Light, 1996, The Essence of the Thing, 1997, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and Stairway to Paradise, 1999.

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  • Engaging Characters
  • Well Written

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    I bought it because a successful (to judge from the reviews) musical has been made from it. While it's scarcely a page-turner, I found myself eager to follow the characters. They, and the setting, are finely observed and wryly described. The author was a contemporary of James, Greer and Hughes at the University of Sydney and like them lived in London for a long time, never having their success but enjoying some solid achievements among which I count this book.

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        The focus is on characterisation and the reader is easily able to feel attachment to them and I was sorry to come to the end of the book.

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        'Funny, affectionate, moving and written with a light, comic touch.' -- Monica McInerney Australian Women's Weekly 'A delicious book. Funny and happy, it's like the breath of youth again.' Jane Gardam 'Seductive, hilarious, brilliantly observed, this novel shimmers with wit and tenderness.' Helen Garner 'A major minor masterpiece, a witty and poignant snapshot of Sydney the year before yesterday.' Barry Humphries 'St. John casts an airy spell with the deftness of her prose, which moves gracefully, swiftly and with perfect manners.' -- Delia Falconer Australian 'This glorious, witty snapshot of Australia in the 1950s...it really is a gem in the rough...This is no nostalgia piece for a lost way of life, but a clever, funny argument for why things had to change.' Sunday Times 'Wickedly humorous yet tender...Full of old fashioned elegance and witty humour. I loved every page.' Style Magazine

        ISBN: 9781921922299
        ISBN-10: 192192229X
        Series: Text Classics
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 256
        Published: 26th April 2012
        Country of Publication: AU
        Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9  x 1.6
        Weight (kg): 0.18
        Edition Number: 1