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The Green Bell : Longlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize - Paula Keogh

The Green Bell

Longlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize

Paperback Published: 1st March 2017
ISBN: 9781925475524
Number Of Pages: 288

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It’s 1972 in Canberra. Michael Dransfield is being treated for a drug addiction; Paula Keogh is delusional and grief-stricken. They meet in a psychiatric unit of the Canberra Hospital and instantly fall in love.

Paula recovers a self that she thought was lost; Michael, a radical poet, is caught up in a rush of creative energy and writes poems that become The Second Month of Spring. Together, they plan for ‘a wedding, marriage, kids – the whole trip’. But outside the hospital walls, madness, grief and drugs challenge their luminous dream. Can their love survive?

The Green Bell is a lyrical and profoundly moving story about love and madness. It explores the ways that extreme experience can change us: expose our terrors and open us to ecstasy for the sake of a truer life, a reconciliation with who we are. Ultimately, the memoir reveals itself to be a hymn to life. A requiem for lost friends. A coming of age story that takes a lifetime.

Makes sense of difficult life situations: a woman's story


With the verve of the author of My Brilliant Career, this book recaptures the vibrant voice of a young woman, bringing it into the present time of a mature person. In this sense it is literary polyphony. An extraordinary feat.

2602, ACT



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ISBN: 9781925475524
ISBN-10: 1925475522
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st March 2017
Publisher: Affirm Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1