Blue Skies

Author(s): Helen Hodgman

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A young wife and mother watches a clock that seems forever stuck at th Her neighbour obsesses over the front lawn, and the women at the loca knitting patterns. Her husband didn't come home last night.

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Enlivened by wit and a knack for the stunningly vivid turn of phrase…What makes Blue Skies a joy to read is the energy and colour of the writing, a meticulous—and very funny—gift for dialogue…a marvellous economy of words.' The Times 'A remarkably original Australian writer…wickedly funny. Helen Hodgman has a sharp eye for detail and an even sharper ear for dialogue.' Sunday Times 'A first novel by a writer to watch, a penetrating tragi-comedy.' Observer 'The debut of a marvellously intractable writer.' Sunday Telegraph UK 'Blacker-than-black humour…[a] gifted first novel.' Guardian 'Entirely believable and deeply felt.' New York Times 'Thoroughly entertaining.' Irish Times 'A born writer with a style and an élan which are all her own.' Auberon Waugh 'Helen Hodgman's sharp details of the everyday, infused as they are with weird hallucination, distill the very essence of Tasmanian gothic.' Carmel Bird

Helen Hodgman is the author of the novels Jack and Jill (1978; winner of the Somerset Maugham Award), Broken Words (1988; winner of the Christina Stead Prize), Passing Remarks (1996), Waiting for Matindi (1998) and The Bad Policeman (2001). Blue Skies was first published in 1976.

General Fields

  • : 9781921758133
  • : Text Publishing Co
  • : The Text Publishing Company
  • : February 2011
  • : 230mm x 152mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 176