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Jane Messer

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My first book passion was the Silver Brumby series by Elyne Mitchell, and the works of Jack London such as White Fang. From there it was a sudden shift to the 19th century Russian, French and English authors and after Gorky, Flaubert, Austen, then 20thC Americans such as Hemingway, Stein, Roth and Mary McCarthy. Soon enough I was immersed in the French postmodernists, (etcetera) and perversely, Australian realist women writers like Kylie Tenant, Dymphna Cusack and Florence James. Never took to Patrick White, but loved Randolf Stowe. I'm a contributor to Jane Gleeson White's "Australian Classics: 50 Great Writers And Their Celebrated Works", where I say more about my favourites. I continue to be a passionate reader of Australian and world li ...more

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Jane Messer Great question. As of right now, it's the mystery of my German Jewish grandmother's life that has led me to research and write my current manuscript, …moreGreat question. As of right now, it's the mystery of my German Jewish grandmother's life that has led me to research and write my current manuscript, a biography memoir titled Raven Mother. The research has taken me across the world to Germany, Israel, the US and home here in Australia.(less)
Jane Messer After my tongue was cut out I bled a great deal, and wept and wept. My tears and tongue have dried and I can only write to you now, my dearest love.
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The Long Prospect by Elizabeth Harrower
"A boarding house in Newcastle, late 1950’s, the manipulative landlady, Lilian, her set of vituperative friends, her set upon lodgers and her twelve year old granddaughter, Emily. Into this household comes Max, the onetime married lover of Lilian’s lo" Read more of this review »
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