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The Home Girls

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Olga Masters

  • awardWinner, National Book Council Award, 1983
  • Introduction by Geordie Williamson

    The Home Girls is a collection of candid, witty stories about rural and suburban life.

    Set in the mid-twentieth century, these are tales of ordinary people and domestic life. Masters was, as the Advertiser remarked, ‘a natural storyteller’.

    Between the publication of The Home Girls, in 1982, and her death, Olga Masters was acclaimed as one of Australia’s finest writers. Her short stories, distinguished by their acute observation of human behaviour, drew comparison with the finest exponents of the form, such as Chekhov.

    ‘She can be both tender and funny, and always there is absolute authenticity of detail, a strong sense of time and place, an effortless depiction of personality.’ Judges’ Report, NBC Awards


    The Home Girls
    The Rages of Mrs Torrens
    On the Train
    Leaving Home
    Passenger to Berrigo
    The Done Thing
    A Rat in the Building
    A Dog that Squeaked
    A Young Man’s Fancy
    The Lang Women
    The Snake and Bad Tom
    A Poor Winner
    Call Me Pinkie
    Adams and Barker
    Mrs Lister
    The Creek Way
    The Children Are Coming
    A Good Marriage
    You’ll Like It There
    The Sea on a Sunday

    Olga Masters
    About the Author

    Olga Masters was born in Pambula, on the far south coast of New South Wales, in 1919. Her first job, at seventeen, was at a local newspaper, where the editor encouraged her writing. She married at twenty-one and had seven children, working part-time as a journalist for papers such as the Sydney Morning Herald, leaving her little opportunity to...

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      ISBN: 9781921961748
      26 September 2012
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