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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 Essence of the Thing by Madeleine St. John

Title The Essence of the Thing
Author Madeleine St. John
Publisher
Release 1997
Category Divorced women
Total Pages 234
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An exciting new talent, hailed as ‘a triumph’ by The Times, and a poignant observer of human hearts, foibles and follies.

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 Scribner
Release 2020-02-11
Category Fiction
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1982134089
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“The book I most often give as a gift to cheer people up.” —Hilary Mantel A delightful debut novel set in a department store in Sydney in the 1950s. The women in black, so named for the black frocks they wear while working at Goode’s department store, are busy selling ladies’ dresses during the holiday rush. But they somehow find time to pursue other goals… Patty, in her mid-thirties, has been working at Goode’s for years. Her husband, Frank, eats a steak for dinner every night, watches a few minutes of TV, and then turns in. Patty yearns for a baby, but Frank is always too tired for that kind of thing. Sweet, unlucky Fay wants to settle down with a nice man, but somehow nice men don’t see her as marriage material. Glamorous Magda runs the high-end gowns department. A Slovenian émigré, Magda is cultured and continental and hopes to open her own boutique one day. Lisa, a clever and shy teenager, takes a job at Goode’s during her school break. Lisa wants to go to university and dreams of becoming a poet, but her father objects to both notions. By the time the last marked-down dress is sold, all of their lives will be forever changed. A pitch-perfect comedy of manners set during a pivotal era, and perfect for fans of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Women in Black conjures the energy of a city on the cusp of change and is a testament to the timeless importance of female friendship.

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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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 1922079723
Language English, Spanish, and French
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†̃My mother sent you this,â€TM he said. †̃Oh?â€TM †̃I believe itâ€TMs some marmalade,â€TM he said. †̃From the latest batch.â€TM †̃How kind,â€TM said Nicola, opening the bag. †̃You havenâ€TMt told them, then?â€TM †̃Told them what?â€TM †̃That weâ€TMre no longer in a shared marmalade situation…â€TM 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 outâ€TM. 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 Johnâ€TMs biographer.

A Stairway to Paradise by Madeleine St John

Title A Stairway to Paradise
Author Madeleine St John
Publisher Text Publishing
Release 2018-10-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1925774015
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Alex and Andrew are friends. And Barbara...Barbara is a goddess. Here is the eternal triangle, the story of three people in an unhappy tangle of emotions, none able to articulate the precise quality of their longing and dissatisfaction. Are any of them truly interested in reaching the ‘paradise’ they claim to be seeking, or are they actually trying to avoid it? In St. John’s hands, what is commonplace is transformed and transcendent. This is the work of an extraordinary writer. 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. ‘Not much in the way of folly escapes Madeleine St John, and the oubliette she opens into the darker reaches of the spirit is unsettling.’ The Times ‘St John proves herself a comic, humane observer.’ Newsday ‘Madeleine St John is brilliant on the elliptical way lovers talk to each other.’ Daily Telegraph

The Other Moderns by Rebecca Hawcroft

Title The Other Moderns
Author Rebecca Hawcroft
Publisher NewSouth Publishing
Release 2017-09-04
Category Art
Total Pages 288
ISBN 1742248403
Language English, Spanish, and French
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While Harry Seidler is one of Australia’s most famous architects, little is known of his European-born contemporaries. The Other Moderns uncovers the work of Sydney’s forgotten émigré architects, interior designers, and furniture makers working from the 1930s to 1960s, and reveals their groundbreaking impact on modernist design. Highlighting the direct connections between Sydney and the European design centres of Vienna, Berlin, and Budapest, the book provides a new understanding of modernism. Profiling the work of architects like Henry Epstein and Hugo Stossel, along with Gerstl Furniture, The Other Moderns tells the story of the network of architects, designers, property developers, retailers, and photographers working together to bring a distinctly European style to mid-century Australia. Richly illustrated with rare photography, including stunning images from Austrian-born photographer Margaret Michaelis, and furniture from the collection of Hotel Hotel Canberra, the book explores the work of this unacknowledged group of style makers for the first time.

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.

Listening for Madeleine by Leonard S. Marcus

Title Listening for Madeleine
Author Leonard S. Marcus
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release 2012-11-13
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 384
ISBN 1466827777
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Writer. Matriarch. Mentor. Friend. Icon. Madeleine L'Engle is perhaps best recognized as the author of A Wrinkle in Time, the enduring milestone work of fantasy fiction that won the 1963 John Newbery Medal for excellence in children's literature and has enthralled millions of readers for the past fifty years. But to those who knew her well, L'Engle was much more besides: a larger-than-life persona, an inspiring mentor, a strong-willed matriarch, a spiritual guide, and a rare friend. In Listening for Madeleine, the renowned literary historian and biographer Leonard S. Marcus reveals Madeleine L'Engle in all her complexity, through a series of incisive interviews with the people who knew her most intimately. Vivid reminiscences of family members, colleagues, and friends create a kaleidoscope of keen insights and snapshop moments that help readers to understand the many sides of this singularly fascinating woman.

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