The Women in Black

  • by Madeleine St. John
  • Narrated by Deidre Rubenstein
  • 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the Booker-shortlisted-author of The Essence of the Thing comes a great novel, a lost Australian classic. Written by a superb novelist of contemporary manners, The Women in Black is a fairy tale which illuminates the extraordinariness of ordinary lives.The women in black are run off their feet, what with the Christmas rush and the summer sales that follow. But it's Sydney in the 1950s, and there's still just enough time left on a hot and frantic day to dream and scheme... By the time the last marked-down frock has been sold, most of the staff of the Ladies' Cocktail section at F. G. Goode's have been launched into slightly different careers.With the lightest touch and the most tender of comic instincts, Madeleine St. John conjures a vanished summer of innocence.


What the Critics Say

A little gem...shot through with old-fashioned innocence and sly humour." (Vogue)
"A highly sophisticated work, full of funny, sharp and subtle observations...a small masterpiece." (Sunday Times, London)


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Customer Reviews

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Excellent comedy of manners in the Jane Austen style. Captures the Australian attitude or feelings towards the novel "Continentals" as the latter's ways are absorbed into Australian life in the 1950s and 60s.
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- Avid listener

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Although set before my time, I can relate to the people, the places and the world of this book. As someone who was born and raised in Sydney, the voices and places resonate and seem like old friends, in an odd sort of way. All in all, this book is a special treat.
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- Vicki

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-08-2009
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd