Weekly, an old cleaning lady known as the newspaper dreams of escape from the parasitic demands of the past and the present. This new edition of a contemporary classic re-introduces one of the author’s most popular and distinctive characters.
'Elizabeth Jolley joins the handful of Australian writers of whom it may be said that their books are able to alter the direction of one’s inner life.’ Elizabeth Ward, Washington Post.
was born in the industrial Midlands of England and came to Western Australia in 1959 with her husband. She published twenty-three books, including novels, short fiction, poetry, non-fiction and plays. Celebrated as one of Australia’s major writers, she also established a formidable international reputation, with her books being widely published throughout the world. She received an Order of Australia for services to Australian literature and was awarded honorary doctorates from four universities. She died in February 2007.