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Helen Hodgman

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 was 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). She died in June, 2022.

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Danielle Wood
About the Introducer

Danielle Wood is the author of a novel, The Alphabet of Light and Dark (2003; winner of the Australian/Vogel and Dobbie awards); a collection of short stories, Rosie Little’s Cautionary Tales for Girls (2006); and a non-fiction work, Housewife Superstar: The Very Best of Marjorie Bligh (2011). She lives in Hobart and teaches at the University of...

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29 May 2017
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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.’

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