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Jolley, Elizabeth 1923-2007

Works: 204 works in 882 publications in 9 languages and 12,289 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Novels  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 )

64 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in 7 languages and held by 1,103 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 )

57 editions published between 1981 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 990 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 )

56 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An aging but handsome university professor, Edwin Page, is married to Cecilia, a much younger woman who is an obstetrician and gynaecologist. (He was attracted to her in the first place by all the mysterious things she knew about the human body.) When the childless Cecilia goes away for a year's study leave, Edwin finds himself more and more in the company of Leila and her mother who live next door. Leila's mother is a very good cook, and Leila, it turns out, is perfectly willing to be a surrogate mother... The Sugar Mother explores the way the many little impacts of distance, separation and change can gather force and move people in unexpected directions. It is a witty, disturbing story of self-deception and of hopes, perhaps secret hopes
Miss Peabody's inheritance by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

41 editions published between 1900 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 912 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 )

39 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 749 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 )

32 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 711 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 )

26 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Veronica White, a nurse attending a medical conference in New York, recalls her experience as an unwed mother and her affair with a much older man
Mr. Scobie's riddle by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

30 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 602 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 )

33 editions published between 1980 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 598 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
Milk and honey : a novel by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

35 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 567 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
Stories by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

16 editions published between 1976 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Woman in a lampshade by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

25 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Masterly collection of stories, some slyly comic, some disturbing but all compassionate with splendid characters
The Georges' wife by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

15 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vera and Mr George have made a new life together but Vera's thoughts retuyrn again and again to loves and lovers, meetings and partings, the voices that echo in the mind like music. What has she learned from the well-bred peace of the Georges' household, the decadence and disorder of her firendship with Nöel and Felicity, the fun and vulgarity shared with her 'widow' on the long voyage to Australia? And must we always repeat the past?
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 200 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
An accommodating spouse by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 193 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 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An innocent gentleman by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 143 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__
Gone bush by Roger McDonald( Book )

4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve of Australia's most celebrated authors each write on a part of the country that holds special meaning for them. The writing is complemented by the black and white photography of award winner Nicholas Adler
Fellow passengers : collected stories by Elizabeth Jolley( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 96 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
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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 (515)

German (24)

French (19)

Italian (10)

Spanish (9)

Dutch (3)

Polish (2)

Chinese (1)

Icelandic (1)