SUGAR MOTHER by Elizabeth Jolley

In SUGAR MOTHER, middle-aged Australian OB/GYN Cecilia Page leaves for a year-long fellowship abroad. Her husband, English professor Edwin decides not to accompany her in spite of the fact that she “asked repeatedly” that he join her. This is not the first occasion of separation; Cecilia enjoys travel and hotel rooms, but Edwin does not. He prefers his “pleasantly shabby” home, along with his routine and no expectation of surprises. While Edwin and Cecilia, a childless couple, appear to be the epitome of conservatism, even they have their mad moments.

December 27, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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FOXYBABY by Elizabeth Jolley

Nothing prepared me for Elizabeth Jolley’s novel FOXYBABY. What was I expecting? Well a gentle novel, a comedy of manners, perhaps? Instead FOXYBABY is packed with quirky characters whose attendance at a private summer course unleashes a range of odd behaviours.

December 5, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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Although she wrote all her life,Elizabeth Jolley didn’t get her first book published until she was 53. Thereafter she published 15 novels, four story collections and four non-fiction books. The daughter of an Austrian mother and English father and a transplant to Australia from England, she became one of Australia’s most celebrated authors and won at least 16 awards. Yet by the time of her death in 2007, her books were out of print.

June 13, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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