Coda for Shirley

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Interactive Publications, 2011 - Australian poetry - 88 pages
Coda for Shirley is the sardonic yet poignant sequel to Geoff Page's successful 2006 verse novel, Lawrie & Shirley: The Final Cadenza. The earlier work presented an autumnal romance between an 82 year-old former 'ladies' man' and a 70 year-old widow who attracts his undivided, and unprecedented, loyalty. Sadly but amusingly, Lawrie's adult son and Shirley's two problematic daughters conspire to disrupt the affair. Coda for Shirley, set ten years later, starts with Shirley's decision to leave her money directly to her two grandsons rather than to her avaricious pair of daughters. Naturally enough, the daughters don't react well. Like its predecessor, Coda for Shirley is a romantic comedy, written throughout in Geoff Page's seemingly effortless rhyming verse.

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Geoff Page is an Australian poet who has published seventeen collections of poetry as well as two novels, four verse novels and several other works including anthologies, translations and a biography of the jazz musician, Bernie McGann. He has won the ACT Poetry Award, the Grace Leven Prize, the Queensland Premier's Prize for Poetry and the 2001 Patrick White Literary Award. His poetry has been translated into five languages and he has read his work and talked on Australian poetry throughout Europe, as well as in the US, the UK, China, Singapore, Korea and New Zealand.

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