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The Women In Black: 'An uplifting book for our times' Observer
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The Women In Black: 'An uplifting book for our times' Observer (Paperback)

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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.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Publication Date: 02/06/2011 ISBN-13: 9780349123387  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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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).

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The first time I bought this book I was in Adelaide, Australia. It was unseasonably cold, England was being humiliated on the cricket field and I was feeling an awfully long way from home. I needed the comfort and escape that only a really good book can give. How lucky I was to come across Madeleine St. John. This book is charming, gently funny and beautifully written and, whilst seeming to be a simple tale, is really engaging and thought provoking. I passed my book on to a fellow traveller but found, when I returned home that I really needed to own it again and have since purchased it from Foyles along with her other work which I also enjoyed. Madeleine St. John was unknown to me before my trip to Australia, even though she lived and worked in England. I am so pleased to have discovered her. She is a jolly good read.

- 26/05/2014
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