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A Scandal in Bohemia : The Life and Death of Mollie Dean - Gideon Haigh

A Scandal in Bohemia

The Life and Death of Mollie Dean

Paperback Published: 2nd April 2018
ISBN: 9780143789574
Number Of Pages: 320

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As enigmatic in life as in death, Mollie Dean was a woman determined to transcend. Creatively ambitious and sexually precocious, at twenty-five she was a poet, aspiring novelist and muse on the peripheries of Melbourne’s bohemian salons – until one night in 1930 she was brutally slain by an unknown killer in a laneway while walking home.

Her family was implicated. Those in her circle, including her acclaimed artist lover Colin Colahan, were shamed. Her memory was anxiously suppressed. Yet the mystery of her death rendered more mysterious her life and Mollie’s story lingered, incorporated into memoir, literature, television, theatre and song, most notably in George Johnston’s classic My Brother Jack.

In A Scandal in Bohemia, Gideon Haigh explodes the true crime genre with a murder story about life as well as death. Armed with only a single photograph and echoes of Mollie’s voice, he has reassembled the precarious life of a talented woman without a room of her own – a true outsider, excluded by the very world that celebrated her in its art. In this work of restorative justice, Mollie Dean emerges as a tenacious, charismatic, independent woman for whom society had no place, and whom everybody tried to forget – but nobody could.

ISBN: 9780143789574
ISBN-10: 0143789570
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 2nd April 2018
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1

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Gideon Haigh

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Gideon Haigh has been a journalist for 35 years. Crossing the Line is his 37th book. He was born in London, grew up in Geelong, and now lives in Melbourne, from where he writes about cricket for The Australian, The Times and Cricketer

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