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Madeleine by Helen Trinca

Title Madeleine
Author Helen Trinca
Publisher Text Publishing
Release 2013-03-20
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 288
ISBN 1921961139
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Helen Trinca has captured the troubled life of Madeleine St John in this moving account of a remarkable writer. After the death of her mother when Madeleine was just twelve, she struggled to find her place in the world. Estranging herself from her family, she eventually moved to London, publishing The Women in Black in her fifties.

The Women In Black by Madeleine St. John

Title The Women In Black
Author Madeleine St. John
Publisher Hachette UK
Release 2011-06-02
Category Fiction
Total Pages 192
ISBN 0748127232
Language English, Spanish, and French
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' A pocket masterpiece. A jewel' Hilary Mantel On the second floor of the famous F. G. Goode department store, in Ladies' Cocktail Frocks, the women in black are girding themselves for the Christmas rush. Among the staff are Patty Williams with her wayward husband Frank, the sweet but unlucky Fay, faithful Mrs Jacob of the measuring tape, and Lisa, the new Sales Assistant (Temporary), who is waiting for the results of her Leaving Certificate. Across the floor and beyond the arch, Lisa will meet the glamorous Continental refugee, Magda, guardian of the rose-pink cave of Model Gowns. With the lightest touch and the most tender of comic instincts, Madeleine St John conjures a vanished summer of innocence.

The Women in Black Text Classics by Madeleine St John

Title The Women in Black Text Classics
Author Madeleine St John
Publisher Text Publishing
Release 2012-04-26
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 1921921897
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Written by a superb novelist of contemporary manners, The Women in Black is a fairytale which illuminates the extraordinariness of ordinary lives. The women in black are run off their feet, what with the Christmas rush and the summer sales that follow. But it's Sydney in the 1950s, and there's still just enough time left on a hot and frantic day to dream and scheme...By the time the last marked-down frock has been sold, most of the staff of the Ladies' Cocktail section at F. G. Goode's have been launched into slightly different careers. With the lightest touch and the most tender of comic instincts, Madeleine St John conjures a vanished summer of innocence. The Women in Black, introduced by Bruce Beresford, is a great novel, a lost Australian classic. 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. Bruce Beresford is one of Australia's best known film and opera directors. His films include The Getting of Wisdom, Driving Miss Daisy and Breaker Morant. textclassics.com.au '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 ‘An excellent read.’ Starts at 60

The Women in Black by Madeleine St. John

Title The Women in Black
Author Madeleine St. John
Publisher Andre Deutsch Limited
Release 1993
Category Fiction
Total Pages 141
ISBN 9780233988092
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Madeleine and the Angel by Jacqueline Dumas

Title Madeleine and the Angel
Author Jacqueline Dumas
Publisher Saskatoon : Fifth House
Release 1989
Category Canadian fiction
Total Pages 188
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Pauline weighs her memories and nightmares against family stories as she attempts to understand her family and her childhood of abuse. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex.

Title Stairway to Paradise
Author St.John
Publisher
Release 1999-04
Category
Total Pages
ISBN 9781841151243
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the Booker short-listed author of The Essence of theThing. Madeleine St John's new novel is a poignant, perceptive and deliciously funny portrait of modern life and an elegant anatomy of love. Her most beguiling novel to date.

The Essence of the Thing by Madeleine St John

Title The Essence of the Thing
Author Madeleine St John
Publisher Text Publishing
Release 2013-06-26
Category Fiction
Total Pages 272
ISBN 1922148636
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, this brilliant novel from Madeleine St John, author of The Women in Black, is a comic and tender look at the vicissitudes of love and relationships. Nicola should never have stepped out to buy that pack of cigarettes, because the man she discovers in her living room when she returns is not the adorable, straightforward, devoted Jonathan with whom she has been sharing her life. That Jonathan would never have unilaterally decided that she should, as he abruptly put it, 'move out'. A shocked Nicola packs her bags and sets out bravely on the bumpy course that will take her from the end of an affair to the essence of the thing. This edition of The Essence of the Thing comes with an introduction by Helen Trinca, Madeleine St John's biographer. 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. textclassics.com.au 'Brisk, sophisticated and artful.' New York Times Book Review 'St John's intelligence transforms a simple story into a much larger commentary on love and loss.' Mademoiselle 'Using spare prose, sparkling dialogue and painfully true observations on family life, St John creates a winning combination of humour and pathos.' Publishers Weekly

A Pure Clear Light by Madeleine St John

Title A Pure Clear Light
Author Madeleine St John
Publisher Text Publishing
Release 2018-10-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 304
ISBN 1925774023
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Simon and Flora Beaufort have three perfect children and a comfortable, happy life in London. When Flora takes the children for a month-long vacation in France, Simon stays home to work on his latest film project...what could go wrong? A Pure Clear Light examines a marriage at the moment it goes haplessly off-track: Simon succumbs to the temptation of his cool, blonde accountant and Flora heeds the cry of her reawakened faith. Ultimately, though, neither Simon nor Flora can escape the revelation that lies beyond excuses and remorse and candour, at the heart of the phenomenon called love. In St John's hands, what is commonplace is transformed and transcendent. Madeleine St John was born in Sydney in 1941. Her father, Edward, was a barrister and Liberal politician. Her mother, Sylvette, committed suicide in 1954, when Madeleine was twelve. Her death, she later said, ‘obviously changed everything’. St John studied Arts at Sydney University, where her contemporaries included Bruce Beresford, Germaine Greer, Clive James and Robert Hughes. In 1965 she married Chris Tillam, a fellow student, and they moved to the United States where they first attended Stanford and later Cambridge. From Cambridge, St John relocated to London in 1968 with the hope that Chris would follow. The couple did not reunite and the marriage ended. St John settled in Notting Hill. She worked at a series of odd jobs, and then, in 1993, published her first novel, The Women in Black, the only book she set in Australia. When her third novel, The Essence of the Thing (1997), was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, she became the first Australian woman to receive this honour. St John died in 2006. She had been so incensed after seeing errors in a French edition of one of her novels that she stipulated in her will that there were to be no more translations of her work. ‘A Pure Clear Light is funny, cruel and finely written, exploring the place and time where marriages and affairs come undone...pitch perfect.’ Sunday Times ‘St John is one of those astonishing masters of dialogue such as Harold Pinter or Helen Garner, though faster than either, so that the effort of her speech is like great tennis or ballet...It’s a book about the search for truth and St John has an all but flawless ear for it.’ Australian ‘Witty, clear-eyed and provocatively perceptive, Madeleine St John deserves a lasting readership.’ Canberra Times ‘Both funny and affecting...her gift for capturing conversation takes us deep into the hearts of both characters.’ West Australian

Madeleine s Ghost by Robert Girardi

Title Madeleine s Ghost
Author Robert Girardi
Publisher Macmillan Reference USA
Release 1996
Category Fiction
Total Pages 530
ISBN 9780783815077
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Follows a restless ghost as she yearns for the touch that will release her from her purgatory, while a young historian searches for true love in New Orleans

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