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Marjorie Bligh's Home

Marjorie Bligh’s Home: Hints on managing everything

Danielle Wood

Best known as the inspiration for Dame Edna Everage, Marjorie Bligh is an eccentric and unstoppable tour de force in Australian homemaking.

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In Housewife Superstar, Danielle Wood introduced us to the life (three husbands, Campbell Town and Devonport dream homes, inspiration for Dame Edna Everage) and work (countless writings, prizes, cakes, and things knitted, crocheted, sewed) of Mrs Marjorie Bligh: domestic goddess, original recessionista and all-round force of nature.

The follow-up, Home, collects the finest Marjorie moments in hints, advice, recipes, poems, gardening and travel, all reproduced as facsimile pages from her many famed self-published books—and with new photographs, celebrity appearances and a special foreword by the great lady, now ninety-five, herself.

Joining Marjorie Bligh’s foreword to Home are guest appearances by:
Margaret Fulton
Kaz Cooke
Bob Brown
Brian Thomson
Merle Parrish
Michael Hodgman
Rachael Treasure
Abby Fraser

If you have yet to discover the wonder that is Marjorie Bligh, waste no more time—for, as she says, time is ‘the greatest gift you have’.

Watch four minutes of rolled gold Marjorie recorded for Channel 9’s Today.

Listen to Danielle and Jo Walker (editor of Frankie) discuss Marjorie Bligh’s Home with Waleed Aly on ABC Radio National Drive.

Danielle Wood
About the Author

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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24 October 2012
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Praise for Danielle Wood
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‘I don’t think Edna has ever admired anybody as much as she admires Marjorie Bligh.’

‘[Marjorie Bligh] casts her immense creativity, originality and insight to the world, come what may.’

‘Prepare to become obsessed with Marjorie. She’s a human fascinator—one she made herself.’

‘Want to know how to bake prize-winning lamingtons, make parsnip wine, cure a hangover, maintain a relationship, rear a cockatoo and weave a mat out of plastic bead bags? Marjorie is your lady, and this is your book.’

‘Bligh is a Tasmanian institution… [HOME] is a mixture of good sense, kitsch and the gobsmacking.’