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The Women In Black

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Madeleine St. John


A classic novel about the women working in the ladies' frocks section of a department store in Sydney in the 1950s by the Booker-shortlisted Madeleine St. John
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On the second floor of the famous F. G. Goode department store, in Ladies' Cocktail Frocks, the women in black are girding themselves for the Christmas rush. Among the staff are Patty Williams with her wayward husband Frank, the sweet but unlucky Fay, faithful Mrs Jacob of the measuring tape, and Lisa, the new Sales Assistant (Temporary), who is waiting for the results of her Leaving Certificate. Across the floor and beyond the arch, Lisa will meet the glamorous Continental refugee, Magda, guardian of the rose-pink cave of Model Gowns.

With the lightest touch and the most tender of comic instincts, Madeleine St John conjures a vanished summer of innocence.

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Book publisherLittle, Brown Book Group
Publication date2 Jun 2011
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