Elizabeth Jolley

Monica Elizabeth Jolley (1923-2007) was born in England but she migrated to Australia in 1959 with her husband Leonard Jolley, and it was in Australia that she began writing and became one of our best-loved authors.  Her first book Five Acre Virgin and Other Stories (1976) was published in 1976 when she was 53, and she went on to write six collections of short stories, fifteen novels and three works of non-fiction.

In 2018 ANZ LitLovers will be hosting Elizabeth Jolley Week and this page gathers together all the reviews shared by readers who participate, eventually forming a valuable resource for anyone who wants to find out more about Elizabeth Jolley and her work.

Novels (a couple of titles have links to Wikipedia)

Palomino (1980)

The Newspaper of Claremont Street (1981)

Miss Peabody’s Inheritance (1983)

Mr Scobie’s Riddle (1983)

Milk and Honey (1984)

Foxybaby (1985)

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)

An Accommodating Spouse (1999)

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An Innocent Gentleman (2001)

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Short Stories

Five Acre Virgin and Other Stories (1976)

The Well-Bred Thief (1977)

The Travelling Entertainer and Other Stories (1979)

Woman in a Lampshade (1983)

Off the Air: Nine Plays for Radio (1995)

Fellow Passengers: Collected Stories of Elizabeth Jolley (1997)

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

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

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Central Mischief: Elizabeth Jolley on Writing, Her Past and Herself (1992)

Diary of a Weekend Farmer (1993)

Learning to Dance: Elizabeth Jolley: Her Life and Work (2006)

Biographies of Elizabeth Jolley

Doing Life, a Biography of Elizabth Jolley by Leonard Dibble


See Sue’s Monday Musings at Whispering Gums

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

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