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Jolley, Elizabeth 1923-2007

Works: 185 works in 846 publications in 9 languages and 12,165 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Novels  Domestic fiction  Monologues (Drama)  Biography  History  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Diaries  Poetry 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR9619.3.J68, 823
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The well by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

62 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in 8 languages and held by 1,096 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spinster Hester Harper is lonely on her isolated farm in Western Australia with only her father for company. Her life flowers when she brings home an orphan girl. After hitting a mysterious creature on the road, Hester deposits the evidence in the farm's well
The Newspaper of Claremont Street : a novel by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

58 editions published between 1981 and 2016 in English and Dutch and held by 1,013 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The simple plans for buying land in the country become complicated when Weekly is befriended, by the recently widowed Nastasya
The sugar mother by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

54 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edwin and his wife, Cecilia, are parted for a year while Cecilia pursues a medical fellowship, and Edwin soon finds his life complicated when his new neighbors--a widow and her twentyish daughter--move in uninvited
Miss Peabody's inheritance by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

39 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miss Peabody, a lonely spinster in London, writes a fan letter to Diana Hopewell, an Australian novelist. In reply, Hopewell sends installments of her novel-in-progress, the zany adventures of a trio of gently lesbian ladies, a headmistress and two companions, touring Europe with a hapless student. With each mail delivery, Miss Peabody's involvement with the novelist and her characters intensifies until fantasy and reality poignantly merge
Foxybaby by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

34 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Alma Porch, novelist and aspiring dramatist, is hired to teach a course in Trinity College's 'Better Body Through the Arts' summer program for overweight adults. On the rundown campus in the remote Australian outback, Alma is surrounded by starving matrons, orgies of sex and gluttony, and an eccentric group of staff and students who are eager to open themselves to the transforming possibilities of her screenplay, 'Foxbaby [sic]'--Cover p. [4]
My father's moon by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

31 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adult fiction. It traces the life of Vera through a Quaker boarding school, working as a student nurse, and then as an unmarried mother.___
Cabin fever by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

25 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vera has cabin fever. Confined with her thoughts in the concrete tower of a New York hotel, she is haunted by her mother's reminders of what she should have been, and the desperate choices she faced as an unprotected single mother. Elizabeth Jolley writes lucidly of betrayal and survival, loneliness and desire, and with compassion for the sad dislocations of love between parents and children. In Cabin Fever, the second novel in a semi-autobiographical trilogy, she beguiles with her particular blend of humour and the serious. 'Her fiction shines and shines and shines, like a good deed in a naughty world.' - Angela Carter, New York Times Book Review
Mr. Scobie's riddle by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

28 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mr. Scobie's unexpected admission to a nursing home brings unpleasant surprises to both himself and the home's administrator
Palomino by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

31 editions published between 1980 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two women test the limits of their love as they seek to reveal themselves and the events of the past in remote western Australia
Stories by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

21 editions published between 1976 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Milk and honey : a novel by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

32 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sent to board with an odd European family as a child so he can be tutored in the cello, Jacob remains with them after his father dies and he inherits a good bit of money. He becomes an accomplished cellist, taught by patriarch Leopold, and is cared for by Leopold's eccentric sisters, Tante Rosa and Tante Heloise. The retarded son, Waldmar, torments Jacob; the lovely daughter, Louise, charms him. Jacob and Louise eventually marry but his obsessive love for Madge, a violinist in the orchestra, leads to tragedy and loss as dark family secrets are revealed. A story of family bonds, failed dreams, and twisted love
Woman in a lampshade by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

23 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this masterly collection of stories, Elizabeth Jolley has created a splendid array of characters, all of whom fail to achieve the expected. Her stories are sometimes slyly comic, sometimes disturbing - but always they are written with a delicacy and compassion as moving as the characters themselves
The Vera Wright trilogy : My father's moon, Cabin fever, the Georges' wife by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in 1940s wartime England, the trilogy follows young Vera, who leaves her cultivated Midlands home to become a nurse in a military hospital and is catapulted into adulthood through unorthodox love entanglements with both men and women, two illegitimate children, and finally emigration to Australia, where, from her new vantage point--now a doctor and writer--she looks back on her life's journey
The Georges' wife by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

15 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vera and Mr George have made a new life together, but Vera's thoughts return again and again to her past loves, meetings and partings, the voices that echo in the mind like music ... __
An accommodating spouse by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life for the professor, married to an identical twin, becomes even more chaotic when the triplets return from their round-the-world travelling__
Lovesong by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An innocent gentleman by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'One of the most extraordinary writers of her generation' The Age Henry and Muriel Bell lead a peaceful life with their two small daughters in England on the cusp of the Second World War. When Muriel's Mr Hawthorne drops by unexpectedly one Sunday aftrnoon, the visit precipitates surprising turmoil in the small household. A man of respectable breeding and refined conversation, Mr H. has something to offer both Henry and Muriel, but his posting to London at the outbreak of war disturbs the suddenly delicate balance of personal affairs in the family. In this, her last novel, Elizabeth Jolley explores issues of innocence and guilt, passion and possession, while carefully exposing the social mores of the time in restrained and sensuous prose.
The orchard thieves by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the middle sister returns home unexpectedly from England, without any explanation, tension threatens the harmony in grandmother's house__
Fellow passengers : collected stories by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many of the short stories gathered here introduce characters and themes that have served as the basis of the author's highly acclaimed novels. This collection encapsulates the extraordinary breath, warmth and originality of her work
Gone bush by Roger McDonald( Book )

4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contributions by - Elizabeth Jolley - Judith Wright - Les A. Murray - Roger McDonald - Sue Woolfe - Helen Garner - Mudrooroo Narogin - Barney Roberts - Frank Moorhouse - Jack Davis - Geoffrey Dutton - Bruce Pascoe
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Audience level: 0.48 (from 0.31 for Short stor ... to 0.91 for Diary of a ...)

Mr. Scobie's riddle
The Newspaper of Claremont Street : a novelThe sugar motherMiss Peabody's inheritanceFoxybabyMy father's moonCabin feverMr. Scobie's riddlePalomino
Alternative Names
Elisabeth Jolley romancière anglaise

Elisabeth Jolley skieuse alpine autrichienne

Elizabeth Jolley australische Schriftstellerin

Elizabeth Jolley escritora australiana

Elizabeth Jolley scriitoare australiană

Elizabeth Jolley scrittrice britannica

Elizabeth Jolley verpleegster uit Australië (1923-2007)

Jolley, Elisabeth 1923-2007

Jolley Monica Elizabeth 1923-2007

Элизабет Джолли

English (507)

German (23)

French (18)

Italian (10)

Spanish (9)

Chinese (3)

Dutch (3)

Polish (2)

Icelandic (1)