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Love without hope

Author: Rodney Hall
Publisher: Sydney : Picador, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The elderly Mrs Shoddy suffers acute depression as a result of a bushfire that kills her beloved horses. A capable countrywoman, she loses her grip and is living in squalor when the district nurse finds her and has her committed to an insane asylum. The time is 1982; the place, a country town in NSW. The NSW Department of Lunacy is still in operation, headed by an official with the title The Master in Lunacy. In  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hall, Rodney, 1935-
Love without hope.
Sydney : Picador, 2007
(OCoLC)657981025
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rodney Hall
ISBN: 9780330422888 033042288X
OCLC Number: 123955507
Awards: Shortlisted for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2008.
Description: 271 pages ; 20 cm
Responsibility: Rodney Hall.

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The elderly Mrs Shoddy suffers acute depression as a result of a bushfire that kills her beloved horses. A capable countrywoman, she loses her grip and is living in squalor when the district nurse finds her and has her committed to an insane asylum. The time is 1982; the place, a country town in NSW. The NSW Department of Lunacy is still in operation, headed by an official with the title The Master in Lunacy. In this powerful novel, finding herself pitted against the power of the state, Mrs Shoddy calls on her memories of her missing husband, on the spirit of her horses and on the recovery of her self-respect and resilience to create a world in which she can remain sane, even against the institutional brutality she is subjected to. And the characters in her mind become as palpable as the real people she is surrounded by.

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