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Come in Spinner Issue Details: First known date: 1951... 1951
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The action revolves largely around the Hotel South Pacific where the girls and the 'occupying' American troops meet in the vestibule, while upstairs in the Marie Antionette beauty salon the attendants Deb, Guinea and Claire, each with her own complicated romantic entanglement, work long hours to disguise the shortcomings of their rich, fat clientele. A book sharply observant of the new era ushered in by WWII.

Adaptations

form y Come in Spinner Nick Enright , Lissa Benyon , Australia : ABC Television , 1990 Z486292 1990 series - publisher film/TV

'Sydney in 1944, the tide is turning in the Pacific War and American forces have made Sydney a gaudy, hectic garrison town. The gamblers and "good time charlies" converge on the South Pacific Hotel, one of Sydney's finest.

The heart of the hotel is the bustling beauty salon run by the cool professional Claire (Lisa Harrow), who hides a guilty secret; Deb (Kerry Armstrong,) who has a pre-war marriage and a wartime alternative; and Guinea (Rebecca Gibney), whose 'good war' is not what it seems.

Come in Spinner is the story of one week in their lives, as they play the game of chance for the highest stakes...survival, security and the opportunity for happiness and love.'

Source: ABC Commercial website http://www.abc.net.au/abccontentsales/s1475926.htm (Sighted 27/03/12)

Notes

  • Also available in braille and sound recording formats.
  • In October 1945 the Sydney Daily Telegraph announced that it was offering one thousand pounds sterling for a novel written by an Australian in Australia. The winning manuscript was to be serialised by the newspaper and published as a book in Australia and overseas. When rival newspaper the Sydney Morning Herald countered with a competition offering two thousand pounds sterling, the closing date for entries was extended until 30 October 1946.

    On the day the competition closed, a manuscript 'Unabated Spring', by `Sydney Wyborne', was entered and was the majority choice of the judges. In August 1947 Wyborne received a telegram summoning him to see the editor of the Daily Telegraph. A fortnight later Wyborne was unmasked as a female partnership consisting of Florence James, and Dymphna Cusack but editor Brian Penton announced that 'Unabated Spring' (re-named 'Come in Spinner') was the prize-winner After further delays, the two women writers were informed in May 1948 that the prize was theirs and the book was to be set immediately. But still the matter was far from resolved. The authors clashed with Consolidated Press over the length of the manuscript, and it was not until August 1948 that a contract was signed and the prize money was paid.

    Come in Spinner was finally published in 1951 by Heinemann.

    (Source: Bridget Griffen-Foley, 'Re-visiting to :Mystery of a Novel Contest": The Daily Telegraph and 'Come in Spinner' ALS 19.4 (2000): 413-424.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Heinemann , 1951 .
      Extent: 416p.
      Edition info: Abridged ed.
      Reprinted: 1957
      Note/s:
      • Cover title : Come in Spinner : A Novel
      • Dedication: To Miles Franklin.
      • Epigraph: "And, sometimes, 'Come in Spinner,' laugh the gods.

        Yet the felled tree ever/sprouts from the lowly butt.

        And 'Come in Spinner,' laugh the gods again.

        'Well, who'd believe it - tails!' my empty pocket cries. But still there blooms my unabated spring." - Ian Mudie.

    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      William Morrow ,
      1951 .
      Extent: 500p.
    • North Ryde, Ryde - Gladesville - Hunters Hill area, Northwest Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Pacific Books , 1981 .
      ISBN: 0207142637
      Series: Pacific Books Angus and Robertson (publisher), 1961 series - publisher The establishment of this paperback imprint of Angus Robertson was spearheaded by Beatrice Davis. It started with print runs of 20,000 in 1961 (Paper Empires: History of Book in Australia, 18).This paperback series, published by Angus and Robertson, contains both numbered and unnumbered volumes.
    • Sydney South, South Sydney area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2013 .
      1833775097592201097.jpg
      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 720p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 1st March 2013
      ISBN: 9780732296988, 0732296986
      Series: y A and R Classics Angus and Robertson (publisher), Z1411167 series - publisher
Alternative title: Nylon und Orchideen : Roman
Language: German

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The Athens of the South Alison Broinowski , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Adelaide : A Literary City 2014; (p. 147-161)
A Fascinating Kaleidoscope : Florence James and Dymphna Cusack's Come in Spinner Kate Darian-Smith , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 70-76)
All Dressed up But Nowhere Left to Go Damien Murphy , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11 January 2012; (p. 4-5)
Southern Steel/Acier austral de l'Australienne Dymphna Cusack : le combat d'une rebelle Marie-Laure Vuaille-Barcan , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: France and Australia Face to Face 2008; (p. 95-108)
Writing Sound : Popular Music in Australian Fiction Peter Doyle , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Altitude , no. 8 2007;
Untitled Miles Franklin , 1951 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 10 no. 1 1951; (p. 81-82)

— Review of Come in Spinner Florence James Dymphna Cusack 1951 single work novel
Cocky 1951 single work review
— Appears in: AIM : Australian Independent Monthly [later Voice] , vol. 1 no. 1 1951;

— Review of Come in Spinner Florence James Dymphna Cusack 1951 single work novel
Comparing the Critics 1951 single work review
— Appears in: The Austrovert , Winter no. 3 1951; (p. 5)

— Review of Come in Spinner Florence James Dymphna Cusack 1951 single work novel
The Yanks in Sydney 1951 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 18 April vol. 72 no. 3714 1951; (p. 2)

— Review of Come in Spinner Florence James Dymphna Cusack 1951 single work novel
Hotel South-Pacific Margaret Walkom , 1952 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 13 no. 1 1952; (p. 44-45)

— Review of Come in Spinner Florence James Dymphna Cusack 1951 single work novel
History of the Book in Australia Conference 1996 1996 single work column
— Appears in: Margin , November no. 40 1996; (p. 37)
The State Library of New South Wales was the venue for the two day HOBA conference in 1996. It was organised by Elizabeth Webby and Martyn Lyons.
The Australian Home-Front Novel of the Second World War: Genre, Gender and Region William Hatherell , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 23 no. 1 2007; (p. 79-91)
Togetherness, Chapter and Verse Jane Sullivan , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 15 September 2007; (p. 28)
Writing Sound : Popular Music in Australian Fiction Peter Doyle , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Altitude , no. 8 2007;
'I must be very careful not to turn to them for too much love in my loneliness' : Florence James' Experiences of Single Parenting during World War II Erica Millar , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Melbourne Historical Journal , vol. 33 no. 2005; (p. 39-51)
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