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The Women in Black. by Madeleine St John


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Madeleine St John was born in Sydney but lived for many years in London. The Essence of the Thing was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Madeleine St John died in 2006.

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* A lost Australian classic, from the Booker shortlisted author, Madelaine St John

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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 wroteA Pure Clear Light (1996), The Essence of the Thing (1997), which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and Stairway to Paradise (1999).


The book I most often give as a gift to cheer people up -- Hilary Mantel * Guardian *
A delicious book. Funny and happy, it's like the breath of youth again -- Jane Gardam
This wry debut...focuses on the loneliness and ennui of three department store employees. These women, identically attired in black dresses that serve as uniforms, work in the Ladies' Frocks Department at Goode's, a store in Sydney, Australia. Each suffers from long-standing unhappiness revolving one way or another around the opposite sex...During the frenzied Christmas shopping season, each saleswoman indirectly confronts her problem and attains contentment * Publishers Weekly *

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