The Women in Black: Text Classics

The Women in Black: Text Classics

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Introduced byBruce Beresford
At the very end of the Ladies' Frocks Departments, past Cocktail Frocks, there was something very special, something quite, quite wonderful; but it wasn't for everybody- that was the point. Because there, at the very end, there was a lovely arch, on which was written in curly letters Model Gowns.

In the famous F.G. Goode department store, Lisa is the new Sales Assistant (Temporary) in Ladies' Cocktail Frocks. She is about to meet Magda, the glamorous Continental refugee and guardian of the rose-pink cave of Model Gowns.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 199 x 16mm | 187g
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • 192192229X
  • 9781921922299
  • 19,518

Review quote

'Funny, affectionate, moving and written with a light, comic touch.' -- Monica McInerney * Australian Women's Weekly * 'A delicious book. Funny and happy, it's like the breath of youth again.' * Jane Gardam * 'Seductive, hilarious, brilliantly observed, this novel shimmers with wit and tenderness.' * Helen Garner * 'A major minor masterpiece, a witty and poignant snapshot of Sydney the year before yesterday.' * Barry Humphries * 'St. John casts an airy spell with the deftness of her prose, which moves gracefully, swiftly and with perfect manners.' -- Delia Falconer * Australian * 'This glorious, witty snapshot of Australia in the 1950s...it really is a gem in the rough....This is no nostalgia piece for a lost way of life, but a clever, funny argument for why things had to change.' * Sunday Times * 'Wickedly humorous yet tender...Full of old fashioned elegance and witty humour. I loved every page.' * Style Magazine * 'Like the deceptively simple (but perfectly crafted) little black dress, this delicious and sly masterpiece works its magic from the very first sentence. Once you slip into its folds-- full of hope and new beginnings, of luck and laughter and love-- I dare you not to catch yourself smiling, and wanting to twirl, for days and days and days.' * Sarah Blake, author of The Guest Book and The Postmistress * 'Funny and light...perfect for lovers of chick lit with a dash of romance and historical fiction for good measure.' * Booklist * 'Department store particulars are part of the charm of The Women in Black, a deceptively smart comic gem that tracks four women through the pandemonium of one holiday season in 1950s Sydney. Laced with a fierce intelligence that captures the limited options for women and postwar xenophobia views, it's also a love letter to department stores of yore. Let's raise a glass to this heroic comic novel that's not only still alive but getting a second wind.' * New York Times * 'Tart, beguiling, witty and compassionate...A literary boost for the spirits. * ' NPR * 'A delightful confection of a novel, an almost bucolic comedy of manners staged in the throes of Christmas season, where four women toil in a department store...Warm and very charming.' * Paris Review *
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About Madeleine St John

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. Sylvette's death, Madeleine 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. 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.
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8,352 ratings
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4 37% (3,106)
3 34% (2,866)
2 9% (740)
1 2% (153)
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