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City of Women

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"The city of women is love, Billie Shockley says.

"But in the city of women that is her world, love takes strange forms.

"The city is Sydney, from its familiar streets and gardens men have been banished. Their existence still threatens its precincts and Old Man Death moves rapaciously and relentlessly among its citizens.

"Billie observes them - their hedon
Paperback, 176 pages
Published 1981 by Penguin Books Ltd
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Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another superb read by David Ireland, Australia’s most under-appreciated author. Did I say under-appreciated? The appreciation has risen as the now 89 year old has been nominated for the Prime Minister Literary award 2016 for a short run release of a book called World Repair Video Game, his first new release in 20 years. Damn fine stuff I say, now to find a copy! With that nomination unabashed admirers of his, such as I, can only hope that novels such as this are acknowledged by a new readership ...more
Ian "Marvin" Graye
Letter from Bobbie

When Billie Shockley died, the police found the following letter in her letter box, unreceived, unopened and unread:

Dear Billie

I hope you don't mind if I call you by your first name. I haven't used it much before - there was always a better or more appropriate word - though now it must sound so formal and lacking in affection, especially given the nature and length of our relationship. (Oh no, I seem to be digging a hole for myself yet again.)

I had to leave home when I did. Som
Mar 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: drama
City of Women telling a story about Billie Shockley's day to day lives, since her love, Bobbie, left her.
Billie, called "doc" by the other citizen due to she gives consultancy for various deseases, lives in day in-day out fashion, everyday taking her pet Leopard, Bobbie, to walk around town, meeting people as they walk, especially when visiting "Lover's Arms", a pub in the City of Women.

Why "City of Women"? Because no men, the enemy, is allowed to live in the city. But sometimes men do appears i
Feb 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Read a long time ago. I've marked a lot of pages, must have liked it. Lugged it home from parents house to re-read. ...more
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well-written, vivid characters, but disturbing and melancholic. Kept thinking that the author must be a woman using a male pseudonym, but that's not the case. Just very good at writing female characters. ...more
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David Ireland was born in Lakemba in New South Wales in 1927.

Before taking up full-time writing in 1973 he undertook the classic writer's apprenticeship by working in a variety of jobs ranging from greenkeeper to an extended period in an oil refinery.

This latter job provided the inspiration for his second (and best-known) novel, The Unknown Industrial Prisoner, which brought him recognition in the

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