Eating Lolly

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HarperCollins Publishers Australia, Jan 31, 2010 - Fiction - 480 pages
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A vivid and compassionate novel of mothers and daughters, isolation and unexpected illumination from an award-winning young writer. Mumma's childhood was warm with baking. She was a good girl. She was Mother's Little Helper, the Wee Chef, an Apple Dumpling in a green pinny. Her time at home revolved around cooking with her mother. Baking together was as close as they ever got. Eighteen-year-old Mumma has a belly full of baby when she is removed to a remote island by her respectable family. Alone for the first time in her life, she decides the enforced isolation can offer hope and a new beginning. the birth of Lola Belle - her Lolly - sees Mumma determined to create a world of love, safety, and a strong sense of home. Mumma grows into this world, expanding on her mother's own recipes, cooking up a warmth and comfort that nurtures and protects Lolly and beckons Mister, her neighbour's reticent son. But people grow and change and the wider world will always intrude. Lolly becomes aware of Mumma's secrets - her untolds, her half-tolds, her fictions and lies - and begins to struggle, not only with her place in the family, but with her sense of self within a female skin. Eating Lolly is a richly textured novel that weaves the pleasures of cooking and the freedom of daydreams into a story of a young woman's fierce resilience, rending vulnerability, and unexpected love. 'stimulates the reader's appetite and slowly roasts the reader's heart' Bookseller + Publisher

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User Review  - jumpingjacks - LibraryThing

This story set in Australia maybe in the fifties keeps you reading because you wonder where it's going. A young pregnant girl is abondonned by her doc father in a hshack on an island because he is ... Read full review

Eating Lolly

User Review  - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors - Books+Publishing

Mumma is sent away to an island to have her illegitimate daughter. She emotionally smothers her new baby and curbs her own anxieties with the comfort of food-hot bread with butter, puddings, eggs ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Corrie Hosking grew up in the Adelaide Hills, where she now lives with her partner, her children and a collection of animals. The manuscript of her first novel, ASH RAIN, was the inaugural winner of the Adelaide Festival Award for an unpublished manuscript in 2002. It was subsequently published by Wakefield Press in 2004. Corrie has presented at the Sydney Writers' Festival -- the result of being chosen as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists, 2005 -- and at Adelaide Writers' Week.

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