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Blue Skies

Introduction by Danielle Wood

In Helen Hodgman’s dazzlingly written debut a young woman is trapped in a small city on an island at the end of the world—by motherhood and an absent husband, by busybody in-laws and neighbours, by a drab society yet to throw off the shackles of its colonial past. A darkly funny tale of a crack-up in stultifying suburbia, Blue Skies marked the emergence of a unique, acerbic voice in Australian fiction.

This edition includes an introduction by the acclaimed Tasmanian author Danielle Wood.

About the Author

Helen Hodgman is the author of the novels Blue Skies (1976), Jack and Jill (1978; winner of the Somerset Maugham Award), Broken Words (1988; winner of the Christina Stead Prize), Passing Remarks (1996), Waiting for Matindi (1998) and The Bad Policeman (2001).

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Praise for Helen Hodgman
andBlue Skies

‘Scarily unforgettable.’

‘Strange and memorable.’

‘The very essence of Tasmanian gothic.’

‘Singularly searing and merciless prose.’

‘Sensuous…Prickly as a sea urchin.’

‘A convincing study of a woman slowly losing her mind.’

‘Elegantly written, atmospheric.’

‘Has a masterpiece’s power to thrill and discomfort.’

‘As fresh, punchy and relevant now as it was on its [first] release…A compelling vision.’

‘Stylistically assured…Daring and persuasive in its depiction of a controlled and vengeful anguish.’

Other editions ofBlue Skies
  • Blue Skies
    ISBN: 9781925410716
    29 May 2017
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  • Blue Skies
    ISBN: 9781921758133
    28 February 2011
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