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Issue Details: First known date: 2006 2006
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'Marion Halligan at her lighthearted and wryly humorous best in a tale of mystery and murder, of beauty and yearning, and of a surprising love. A beautiful man, and all she can do is tinker with his prose. For Cassandra, an editor, books are easy. It's real life that's the challenge: it doesn't sit quietly and let itself be fixed. Right now Cassandra's life seems far too heavy on the suspense, while the romance is distinctly unconvincing. But that was before the murders started. And before she suspected that her own name was on the killer's hit list. Murder, match-making and the dark arts of book editing: The Apricot Colonel is Halligan at her light-hearted best.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication: For my beloved Lucy who read this novel and asked excellent questions.
  • Epigraph: Man thinks, God laughs. (Jewish proverb)
  • Epigraph: It pleases me to think that the art of the novel came into the world as an echo of God's laughter. (Milan Kundera)
  • Prequel to Murder on the Apricot Coast.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2006 .
      8427517601295534078.jpg
      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 263p.
      ISBN: 1741147662, 9781741147667

Works about this Work

Canberran Odyssey Russell Wenholz , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 13 November 2011; (p. 26)
Love, Actually Marion Halligan , 2007 single work prose
— Appears in: Meanjin , April vol. 66 no. 1 2007; (p. 209-214) The Australian Literary Review , April vol. 2 no. 3 2007; (p. 25)
Marion Halligan asserts that it is 'the ordinary business' of the novelist 'to decide which material will form the basis of the stories she has in mind. Mine are essentially domestic, they are about life and death, love, marriage, birth, temptation, all the everyday things, and the everyday is a rich source of images'.
The Power of Positive Rejection Frances Atkinson , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 January 2006; (p. 20-21) The Age , 28 January 2006; (p. 26-27)
The Slick and the Dead Peter Pierce , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 5 February 2006; (p. 19)

— Review of Dead Set : An Brad Chen Novel Kel Robertson 2006 single work novel ; The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
Revenge is Sweet Samela Harris , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 February 2006; (p. 11)
Bearing Fruit in a Garden City Gillian Lord , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 February 2006; (p. 11)
Ripe for Revenge Suzanna Clarke , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 - 5 February 2006; (p. 6)

— Review of The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
Crime File Graeme Blundell , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 February 2006; (p. 10)

— Review of Saving Billie Peter Corris 2005 single work novel ; Dead Set : An Brad Chen Novel Kel Robertson 2006 single work novel ; The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel ; The Berlin Cross Greg Flynn 2005 single work novel
Untitled Gay Bilson , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 21 February vol. 124 no. 6508 2006; (p. 69)

— Review of The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
Bottled Gold Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18-19 February 2006; (p. 20-21)

— Review of The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
Insubordinate Clauses Marion Halligan , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 18-19 February 2006; (p. 2)
Halligan ponders whether her novel, The Apricot Colonel, could be construed as seditious under the definitions of the 2005 Anti-Terrorism Bill. If so, Halligan wonder to whom she would make her one, permissable telephone call.
Untitled Erin O'Brien , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , February vol. 85 no. 7 2006; (p. 47)

— Review of The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
Love and Other Bruises Katharine England , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 25 February 2006; (p. 10)

— Review of The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
Shrewd Editorial Advice Denise O'Dea , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 279 2006; (p. 59)

— Review of The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
Halligan Loses the Plot in Genre Fest Shane McCauley , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 10 June 2006; (p. 7)

— Review of The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
Untitled Gillian Dooley , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , 16 - 29 June no. 294 2006; (p. 18)

— Review of The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
After the Murder, the Happy Ending Marion Halligan , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 2 December 2006; (p. 3)
Untitled Melinda Best , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Wet Ink , Summer no. 5 2006; (p. 57-58)

— Review of The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
Untitled Tony Smith , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 66 no. 3 2006; (p. 241-243)

— Review of The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
The Slick and the Dead Peter Pierce , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 5 February 2006; (p. 19)

— Review of Dead Set : An Brad Chen Novel Kel Robertson 2006 single work novel ; The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
Ripe for Revenge Suzanna Clarke , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 - 5 February 2006; (p. 6)

— Review of The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
Crime File Graeme Blundell , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 February 2006; (p. 10)

— Review of Saving Billie Peter Corris 2005 single work novel ; Dead Set : An Brad Chen Novel Kel Robertson 2006 single work novel ; The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel ; The Berlin Cross Greg Flynn 2005 single work novel
Untitled Gay Bilson , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 21 February vol. 124 no. 6508 2006; (p. 69)

— Review of The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
Bottled Gold Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18-19 February 2006; (p. 20-21)

— Review of The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
Untitled Erin O'Brien , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , February vol. 85 no. 7 2006; (p. 47)

— Review of The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
Love and Other Bruises Katharine England , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 25 February 2006; (p. 10)

— Review of The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
Shrewd Editorial Advice Denise O'Dea , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 279 2006; (p. 59)

— Review of The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
Halligan Loses the Plot in Genre Fest Shane McCauley , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 10 June 2006; (p. 7)

— Review of The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
Untitled Gillian Dooley , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , 16 - 29 June no. 294 2006; (p. 18)

— Review of The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
Untitled Melinda Best , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Wet Ink , Summer no. 5 2006; (p. 57-58)

— Review of The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
Untitled Tony Smith , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 66 no. 3 2006; (p. 241-243)

— Review of The Apricot Colonel Marion Halligan 2006 single work novel
The Power of Positive Rejection Frances Atkinson , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 January 2006; (p. 20-21) The Age , 28 January 2006; (p. 26-27)
Revenge is Sweet Samela Harris , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 February 2006; (p. 11)
Bearing Fruit in a Garden City Gillian Lord , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 February 2006; (p. 11)
Insubordinate Clauses Marion Halligan , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 18-19 February 2006; (p. 2)
Halligan ponders whether her novel, The Apricot Colonel, could be construed as seditious under the definitions of the 2005 Anti-Terrorism Bill. If so, Halligan wonder to whom she would make her one, permissable telephone call.
After the Murder, the Happy Ending Marion Halligan , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 2 December 2006; (p. 3)
Love, Actually Marion Halligan , 2007 single work prose
— Appears in: Meanjin , April vol. 66 no. 1 2007; (p. 209-214) The Australian Literary Review , April vol. 2 no. 3 2007; (p. 25)
Marion Halligan asserts that it is 'the ordinary business' of the novelist 'to decide which material will form the basis of the stories she has in mind. Mine are essentially domestic, they are about life and death, love, marriage, birth, temptation, all the everyday things, and the everyday is a rich source of images'.
Canberran Odyssey Russell Wenholz , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 13 November 2011; (p. 26)
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