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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (207 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Madeleine St. John Narrator: Deidre Rubenstein Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Catherine Jones | 2/11/2014

    " In Curriculum Vitae, Muriel Spark wrote she would like to have written a novel called The Department Store. I wonder if the staff of the Ladies' Cocktail section at F.G. Goode's would have been to her taste? Set in 1950s' Sydney and full of fantastic dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barbara Masiello | 1/17/2014

    " such a wonderful read this book brought me back to my mother's time when she worked at Pellew's in Fremantle. Service was very important and rules were starting to be broken. Great Read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maggie Smith | 1/13/2014

    " Evocative (of the 50/60s) and fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by JC | 1/12/2014

    " If nothing else, this gentle comedy of manners made me very cross - cross at Bruce Beresford for sitting on the film rights and not doing anything about it (although I do hope he doesn't direct it himself because I tend to find his work rather ordinary). This novel rather perfectly captures a particular era in Australia where migrants were coming in, women were moving up and frocks were fabulous. The prose is sparse but quietly clever, and the characters tread the line of caricature (but in an endearing way). It is a slight read in many regards but I think it offers a quick insight into Sydney society of the 1950s that is invaluable. "

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