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- DescriptionAt the age of fifteen Madeleine saw herself as a painter and pianist, but Ms Medway peered down at Madeleine during her entrance interview in 1957 and anunced- 'You kw dear, I think you might write.' Madeleine would write. But t for some time. The Women in Black, a sparkling gem that belied the difficulties that had dogged her own life, was published when Madeleine St John was in her fifties. Her third vel, The Essence of the Thing, was shortlisted for the 1997 Booker Prize, and she continued to write until her death in 2006. 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, and from Australia, she lived for a time in the US before moving to London where Robert Hughes, Germaine Greer, Bruce Beresford, Barry Humphries and Clive James were making their mark. In 1993, when The Women in Black was published, it became clear what a marvellous writer Madeleine St John was.
- Author BiographyAuthors Bio, not available
- PrizesWinner of Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Australia): Non-Fiction 2014. Shortlisted for Victorian Premier's Literary Award 2014 and CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature ('The Nib') 2013. Long-listed for Stella Prize 2014.
- Author(s)Helen Trinca
- PublisherText Publishing Co
- Date of Publication27/03/2013
- SubjectBiography: Literary
- Place of PublicationMelbourne
- Country of PublicationAustralia
- ImprintText Classics
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight356 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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