Posted by: Lisa Hill | June 18, 2018

Wrapping up Elizabeth Jolley Week at ANZ LitLovers

A big thank you to all those who participated in Elizabeth Jolley Week!

Reviews have come in from far and wide, and they are all harvested together on the new Elizabeth Jolley page which you can find in the top menu. Judging by the enthusiasm of readers who have discovered Jolley’s writing through this week, I suspect that there may be more reviews to come as time goes by, as there are many wonderful novels to discover!

The following are all new reviews, with a special thank-you to Meg for taking the plunge with her first-ever guest reviews!

The Newspaper of Claremont Street (1981)

Mr Scobie’s Riddle (1983)

The Well (1986)

The Sugar Mother (1988)

My Father’s Moon (1989)

Cabin Fever (1990)

The Georges’ Wife (1993)

The Orchard Thieves (1995)

Lovesong (1997)

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Short Stories

Woman in a Lampshade (1983)

In The Oxford Books of Australian Short Stories (Ed. Michael Wilding) 1994

In the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature (Ed. Nicholas Jose) 2009

Biographies of Elizabeth Jolley

*The image of Elizabeth Jolley is from Wikipedia where it appears to be available for Fair Use.


  1. A great result Lisa. Thank you for hosting the week and bringing together so much interesting material.


    • Thank you, and thank you for your contribution!
      I really am thrilled by this, I hadn’t realised that Jolley was in danger of being neglected and lapsing into obscurity, so the level of interest, especially from people overseas, is just great:)


  2. And thanks from me too Lisa. I was glad of the push to read her again. Such a treat. Only trouble is that you’ve added to the piles around my sofa-cum-desk because I’ve pulled out some Jolley books from their shelves to have near me so I can dip into them!


    • Oh I know, I am very tempted to re-read the ones I have too. If only I could double the reading hours in the day…

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  3. A huge thank you for this initiative Lisa because without it I would never have discovered Jolley and her marvellous writing.


    • I’m delighted that you enjoyed it, Karen… I loved reading your review:)

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  4. Thanks Lisa for encouraging me to reread. Elizabeth Jolley I finished The Georges’ Wife and was again impressed by Jolley’s dark and witty irony. I am now reading Palomino. A love story between two women. Jolley is an unusual writer and her observations of people and their thoughts are remarkable. Thanks again, it was a good week of reading!

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    • Ah Meg, is it asking too much to ask if we can persuade you to review those ones too for a guest review?

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  5. Thanks for linking to my reviews and thanks also for hosting the week. Such a great way of spreading the Jolley love and keeping her in our consciousness. Really great to see some of our blog friends in the UK and US discovering her, too :-)

    Who will you rescue from obscurity next? Thea Astley? ;-)

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    • Thanks for your contributions too, Kim, you’ve been spreading the Jolley love for longer than I have!
      Yikes, is Thea Astley obscure? She only died a little while ago, say it isn’t so… I love her novels…

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      • She might not be obscure in Australia, but the rest of the world has probably never heard of her. Admittedly I struggle with her work… only read a few and not sure I want to read any more…

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  6. Great initiative, Lisa, thank you!

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  7. I finished Mr. Scobie’s Riddle last Thursday. Thanks so much for hosting this week as even learning about it late was an incentive for me (an “excuse”) to read another of her books. I do wish they were more readily available in Canada but I know that problem exists in the other direction as well! I’ll be posting a review sometime next month.


    • That’s wonderful! Thanks so much for participating, I shall certainly add your review to the others:)


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