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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:
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’.
‘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.’