Gang of Four

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Pan, 2005 - Australian fiction - 399 pages
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She had a husband, children and grandchildren who loved her, a beautiful home, enough money. What sort of person was she to feel so overwhelmed with gloom and resentment on Christmas morning?They have been close friends for almost two decades, supporting each other through personal and professional crises–parents dying, children leaving home, house moves, job changes, political activism, diets and really bad haircuts. Now the 'gang of four', Isabel, Sally, Robin and Grace, are all fifty-something, successful ...and restless. It is Isabel who makes the first move, taking a year away from her family to follow in her mother's footsteps across Europe. Soon Sally is on her way to San Francisco, to come face to face with a guilty secret. Robin, in the wake of a clandestine relationship, heads for isolation in the country. And Grace? Well, Grace would never go away for an entire year, but, lonely in the others' absence, she thinks she might take a short holiday in England. Once there, she bumps into someone she hardly knows–herself.Gang of Four is a story of four very different journeys and a celebration of women in the prime of life.

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In the books I like most, such as those by Per Petterson and Marilynne Robinson, very little happens. In fact people who review them complain about this. You'll never have that problem with a Liz ... Read full review

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Gang of Four is about four friends in their early 50's who are all reaching a crisis point in their lives, how each deals with their new situation and how their friendships sustain and support them ... Read full review

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Elizabeth Ann Byrski was born on February 3, 1944 in London. She is an Australian writer and journalist. After graduating from Notre Dame Convent in Lingfield, Surrey, in 1960, Byrski furthered her education at the Crawley College of Further Education (1960-61) and the Wall Hall College of Education (1973-74). Her journalism career began when she started as a journalist in 1962 on the Horley Advertiser, in Horley, Surrey. She moved to Australia in 1981. As a freelance journalist Byrski's work has appeared in the Australian Financial Review, The West Australian, The Australian, The Age, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner, and The Dominion, Homes and Living, New Idea, Cosmopolitan and SkyWest In-Flight. In 1988 to 1990 and from 1993 to 1996 she was a broadcaster and executive producer at ABC 720 6WF in Perth. She has won several awards for her journalism, including the Radio Prize at the 1996 WA Media Awards and the CSIRO WA Award for Excellence in Science Journalism in the same year, and Equal Opportunity Awards for Radio Journalism in 1994, 1995 and 1996. She is the author of thirteen nonfiction books including, Remember Me; Getting On: Some Thoughts on Women and Ageing, and Love and War: Nursing Heroes. The Woman Next Door, is the latest of her nine novels, which also include, Gang of Four, In the Company of Strangers and Family Secrets.

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