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Doing Life: A Biography Of Elizabeth Jolley

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Although she started writing early in life, it was not until her fifties that Elizabeth Jolley received the recognition her talent deserved. She won The Age Book of the Year Award on three occasions as well as the Miles Franklin Award. She has won the Western Australian Premier's Prize for both fiction and non-fiction. The array of wild characters in her fiction - misfits ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published November 20th 2008 by University of Western Australia Press (first published October 1st 2008)
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Lisa
Dec 01, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Such an interesting cover photo, isn’t it? I can’t decide if Elizabeth Jolley has been caught fending off intrusion with determined irritation, or if there’s a hint of a smile there. Or even if the photo was staged or impromptu. The image certainly captures the enigma that she was…

(Monica) Elizabeth Jolley (neé Knight, neé Fielding) AO (1923-2007) was born in England and came to Australia in the 1950s, to become in time one of Australia’s best-loved writers. Her first novel was published in 1980
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Stefani Akins
Mar 24, 2016 Stefani Akins rated it it was ok
In the prologue to the book, author Brian Dibble apologizes for possibly providing too many details from Jolley's life. While I cannot blame him for his biographical enthusiasm, the apology to the reader is well deserved, even if given for the wrong thing. A biography is successful when it brings its subject to life in the mind of the reader, and a vital part of this should be the relationships in the subject's life. We learn much of Jolley's parents and their unhappy marriage, facts that we are ...more
Rhonda Cotsell
Speaking as a reader: Absolutely fascinating - I like Elizabeth Jolley's writing, don't know why because I always end up feeling vaguely depressed afterwards - like an Australian version of Margaret Drabble - and because she validatated one of my secret weaknesses as a wannabe writer - that there is nothing really wrong with needing the dishes to be done before sitting down to write - something a serious writer would never say but EJ did! There is a real-life approach to her writing and her writ ...more
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