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The Women in Black


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A beautiful hardback gift edition of Madeleine St John's bestselling, much-loved novel-now a major film by Bruce Beresford and successful stage musical by Tim Finn.

About the Author

Madeleine St John was born in Sydney in 1941. She studied Arts at Sydney University, where her contemporaries included Bruce Beresford, Germaine Greer, Clive James and Robert Hughes. In 1993, St John published her first novel, The Women in Black, the only book she set in Australia. Her third novel, The Essence of the Thing (1997), was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.


`Seductive, hilarious, brilliantly observed, this novel shimmers with wit and tenderness.'
-- Helen Garner
`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
`A knockout - ironic, sharp, alive, and then you're stopped in your tracks by the warmth of her insights.'
-- Joan London
`A little gem...shot through with old-fashioned innocence and sly humour.'
* Vogue *
`A highly sophisticated work, full of funny, sharp and subtle observations...a small masterpiece.'
* Sunday Times (UK) *
`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 *

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