Central Mischief: Elizabeth Jolley on Writing, Her Past and Herself

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Penguin Books, 1993 - Authors, Australian - 190 pages
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Paperback edition of a collection of the acclaimed author's essays, articles and speeches on a variety of topics including growing up in the United Kingdom, migrating to Australia, raising a family, and writing fiction. With an introduction by Jolley's literary agent, Lurie, who edited this book.

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Contents

What Sins to Me Unknown Dipped Me in Ink
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On
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DISORDER AND EARLY SORROW
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Copyright

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About the author (1993)

Elizabeth Jolley was born Monica Elizabeth Knight in Birmingham, England on June 4, 1923. She was educated privately until age 11, when she was sent to Sibford School, a Quaker boarding school. At 17 she began training as nurse in London and was exposed firsthand to the horrors of World War II. She emigrated to Australia in 1959 with her husband and their three children. Before becoming a full-time author, she had numerous jobs including nursing, housecleaning, and farming. She published her first book of short stories, Five Acre Virgin and Other Stories, in 1976, and her first novel, Palomino, in 1980. Her other works included The Newspaper of Claremont Street, Mr. Scobie's Riddle, The Well, My Father's Moon, Miss Peabody's Inheritance, Foxybaby, and The Sugar Mother. She died on February 13, 2007 at the age of 83.

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