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Bobbin Up

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  43 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Paperback, 204 pages
Published October 1st 1987 by Penguin Books (first published 1959)
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Eileen
Jun 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: virago, history
Well, as the author intro mentions, this is definitely a little too starry-eyed about communism and factory strikes, in that realistic working-class with two jobs and relationship issues kind of way. It will all be better when we gets our rights, etc. That said, it's very good. I tend to read this more as a piece of historical documentation than a novel, which is good, because it's more or less a big piece of propaganda.

It's also straight up Australian, which is interesting, since you barely eve
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Margaret Gowanloch
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting to read an Australian novel from this era not shoving patriotism down your throat at every page and the Aussie-battler is not given its usual hero/ine treatment. Perhaps a few too many characters to keep up with, especially as all the stories are similarly depressing.
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Dorothy Hewett's life and literary career have made her a figure of particular critical interest to scholars and critics of different persuasions at different moments. It is not a criticism of her writing to say that it reflects the different phases of her personal and political life. Famously the winner of a 1945 ABC national poetry prize, the young romantic from rural Western Australia had joined the CPA at nineteen and did not leave for goo
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Anne Mcginnes
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I found this little gem of Australian literature in a second hand book sale.
The slice of 1950's industrial Sydney is wonderful. I found the political message is a bit heavy handed but probably echoed the times in which it was written. The episodic nature of the writing was difficult for me, making it hard to invest in any of the characters, but I think this was probably intentional so that the focus was on "womanhood" rather than any particular woman.
Blair
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. This is a working class Australian classic from 1959, the first novel from the woman who went on to become one of Australia's best known playwrights. I love novels that focus on and describe work and Hewett does that beautifully here, in an episodic novel that flits between a number of women working at a spinning mill in Sydney. There are lyrical elements, particularly connected with the passage of Sputnik through the skies overhead, but also snippets of song that float through the no ...more
Claire Melanie
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was written by Hewett when she was involved in the Communist Party and reflects some of her own experiences in working in a textile factory in Sydney and the lives of the other women workers. I enjoyed it and found it to be an interesting snapshot of working and personal lives of women in the late 1950s.
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Dorothy Coade Hewett (21 May 1923 – 25 August 2002) was an Australian feminist poet, novelist, librettist and playwright. She was also a member of the Communist Party of Australia, though she clashed on many occasions with the party's leadership.

Hewett was born in Perth and was brought up on a sheep and wheat farm near Wickepin in the Western Australian Wheatbelt. She was initially educated at hom
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