Posted by: Lisa Hill | April 22, 2011

Opening Lines: A Woman of the Future (1979), by David Ireland

This truly horrible book cover belongs to a 1982 reprint of David Ireland’s A Woman of the Future which won the Miles Franklin Award in 1979.  I don’t have a nice first edition of it yet although I’ve been searching for a while.

David Ireland OAM (b. 1927) is one of only four authors to win the Miles Franklin repeatedly: I have previously posted the Opening Lines from The Unknown Industrial Prisoner which won it in 1971, and one day (when I get a copy of it) I will post a quotation from The Glass Canoe which won it in 1976.

(I wish I could say that I have read his work, but I’m still working my way through the titles that won the MF before the seventies.  Vance Palmer’s The Big Fellow (1959) and Elizabeth O’Conner’s The Irishman (1960)  are next on this TBR, so there’s a way to go yet. )

I am not sure if Ireland is still writing: according to Wikipedia, his last book was The Chosen in 1997.  He was made a member in the Order of Australia (AM) in 1981.

These are the opening lines to A Woman of the Future:

Mother’s stomach bellied out like a sail. Young, she was unable to say no to anyone who asked her to make love. Her reasons for her behaviour were all her own; never, after she’d had me did she allow another man to enter her; my birth was her real marriage. And when I was six, she shut herself away entirely. (p9)

Author: David Ireland
Title: A Woman of the Future
Publisher: Penguin, 1982
ISBN: 0140056572
Source: Personal library, from the Op Shop.

Availability: Try Brotherhood Books

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