y Peel Me a Lotus single work   autobiography   humour  
Issue Details: First known date: 1959 1959
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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
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      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Hutchinson , 1959 .
      Extent: 196p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • Illustrated by Nancy Dingan.
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Collins , 1969 .
      Extent: 196p.
      Description: illus.
      Reprinted: 1988 with ISBN 0732224756 (pbk.)
      Note/s:
      • Illustrated by Nancy Dignan.
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Flamingo , 1987 .
      Extent: 196p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • Illustrated by Nancy Dignan
      ISBN: 0006542514
    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1989 .
      Extent: 196p.
      Description: illus.
      Reprinted: 1992
      ISBN: 0207166714 (pbk.)
  • Appears in:
    y Mermaid Singing [and] Peel Me a Lotus Charmian Clift , Pymble : HarperCollins , 2001 Z895247 2001 selected work novel

    'For Charmian Clift, Greece was the Promised Land. In 1954 she and her husband, George Johnston, abandoned their sophisticated London existence and set off with two new typewriters and two small children to start a new life.

    'In Mermaid Singing - written during the first miraculous year of discovery - she records the family's adaptation to the primitive sponge-diving island of Kalymnos.

    'Peel Me a Lotus continues the exploration as Clift and Johnson buy a house on the island of Hydra, in the middle of the summer tourist trail. Clift's writing about Greece was undervalued at the time of first publication, because she wrote from a women's point of view and recorded the intimate details of daily life. It is exactly this quality which enables this classic to appeal to a new generation of readers.' (Publication summary)

    Pymble : HarperCollins , 2001

Works about this Work

'Taking the Flowery Bed Back to Australia' : The Repatriation of Charmian Clift and George Johnston Tanya Dalziell , Paul Genoni , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , 1 June vol. 31 no. 3 2016;
'Since coming to national attention in the immediate post-World War II years Charmian Clift and George Johnston have remained an enigmatic and almost ‘mythical’ Australian literary couple. At the heart of their shared biographies is the near-decade they spent on the Aegean island of Hydra between 1955 and 1964 where they were at the centre of an international community of writers and artists, and their eventual repatriation to Australia when their years abroad culminated in the triumphant publication of Johnston’s classic novel My Brother Jack. This paper examines aspects of these years on Hydra, exploring the co-dependent but often difficult relationship the Clift and Johnston shared with other expatriates at the same time as their own marriage endured many crises amid the struggle to write fiction of lasting importance.'
Australians in Aspic : Picturing Charmian Clift's and George Johnston's Expatriation Tanya Dalziell , Paul Genoni , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 15 no. 3 2015;
'This paper considers how the expatriation of Australian authors Charmian Clift and George Johnston on the Greek island of Hydra has been represented photographically in a recently uncovered archive of over 1500 images. The photographs were taken by Life Magazine staff photographer James Burke in the summer of 1960. The analysis of the photographs is juxtaposed at key points with text from Clift's memoir Peel Me a Lotus, and the discussion focuses on the way the interplay between image and text produces supportive and/or contested representations of this particular experience of Australian literary expatriation.' (Publication abstract)
Charmain Clift and George Johnston, Hydra 1960 : The 'Lost' Photographs of James Burke Paul Genoni , Tanya Dalziell , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 73 no. 1 2014; (p. 18-37)
Loving Europe : Peel Me a Lotus and Australian Women Writing Travel Susan Carson , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 217-224)
Charmain Clift Kay Saunders , 2011 single work biography
— Appears in: Notorious Australian Women 2011; (p. 232-245)
Revisiting the Worlds of Charmian Clift Ian McFarlane , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 July 1992; (p. C9)

— Review of Peel Me a Lotus Charmian Clift 1959 single work autobiography ; Honour's Mimic Charmian Clift 1964 single work novel ; Mermaid Singing Charmian Clift 1956 single work autobiography ; The Sponge Divers Charmian Clift George Johnston 1955 single work novel ; Images in Aspic Charmian Clift 1965 selected work prose
Clift's Gifts: Rick Imagery and Sharp Observation Rosemary Wighton , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 July 1992; (p. rev 6)

— Review of Peel Me a Lotus Charmian Clift 1959 single work autobiography
Paradise, and Yet : The Writings of Cynthia Reed Nolan M. E. McGuire , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , April vol. 8 no. 1 1988; (p. 3-6)
Paperbacks Penelope Nelson , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 22-23 October, 1988; (p. 8)

— Review of Peel Me a Lotus Charmian Clift 1959 single work autobiography
Writing and Poverty Margaret McClusky , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 105 1988; (p. 37-38)

— Review of Peel Me a Lotus Charmian Clift 1959 single work autobiography
George Johnston's Anzac : The Role of Sidney Nolan and Peter Finch Barry Smith , 1977 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , June vol. 21 no. 6 1977; (p. 66-69)
Regionalia James Place , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February vol. 9 no. 4 1970; (p. 96-97)

— Review of Peel Me a Lotus Charmian Clift 1959 single work autobiography
Untitled Kevin Childs , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 January 1970; (p. 10)

— Review of Peel Me a Lotus Charmian Clift 1959 single work autobiography
Untitled M. Masterman , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 February 1970; (p. 14)

— Review of Peel Me a Lotus Charmian Clift 1959 single work autobiography
Untitled Douglas Jerry , 1960 single work review
— Appears in: The Observer , 16 April vol. 3 no. 8 1960; (p. 27)

— Review of Peel Me a Lotus Charmian Clift 1959 single work autobiography
Untitled Kurt Titze , 1960 single work review
— Appears in: Salient , vol. 1 no. 4 1960; (p. 30-31)

— Review of Peel Me a Lotus Charmian Clift 1959 single work autobiography
Revisiting the Worlds of Charmian Clift Ian McFarlane , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 July 1992; (p. C9)

— Review of Peel Me a Lotus Charmian Clift 1959 single work autobiography ; Honour's Mimic Charmian Clift 1964 single work novel ; Mermaid Singing Charmian Clift 1956 single work autobiography ; The Sponge Divers Charmian Clift George Johnston 1955 single work novel ; Images in Aspic Charmian Clift 1965 selected work prose
Untitled Douglas Jerry , 1960 single work review
— Appears in: The Observer , 16 April vol. 3 no. 8 1960; (p. 27)

— Review of Peel Me a Lotus Charmian Clift 1959 single work autobiography
Untitled Kurt Titze , 1960 single work review
— Appears in: Salient , vol. 1 no. 4 1960; (p. 30-31)

— Review of Peel Me a Lotus Charmian Clift 1959 single work autobiography
Regionalia James Place , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February vol. 9 no. 4 1970; (p. 96-97)

— Review of Peel Me a Lotus Charmian Clift 1959 single work autobiography
Untitled Kevin Childs , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 January 1970; (p. 10)

— Review of Peel Me a Lotus Charmian Clift 1959 single work autobiography
Untitled M. Masterman , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 February 1970; (p. 14)

— Review of Peel Me a Lotus Charmian Clift 1959 single work autobiography
Paperbacks Penelope Nelson , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 22-23 October, 1988; (p. 8)

— Review of Peel Me a Lotus Charmian Clift 1959 single work autobiography
Writing and Poverty Margaret McClusky , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 105 1988; (p. 37-38)

— Review of Peel Me a Lotus Charmian Clift 1959 single work autobiography
Clift's Gifts: Rick Imagery and Sharp Observation Rosemary Wighton , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 July 1992; (p. rev 6)

— Review of Peel Me a Lotus Charmian Clift 1959 single work autobiography
Charmain Clift Kay Saunders , 2011 single work biography
— Appears in: Notorious Australian Women 2011; (p. 232-245)
George Johnston's Anzac : The Role of Sidney Nolan and Peter Finch Barry Smith , 1977 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , June vol. 21 no. 6 1977; (p. 66-69)
Paradise, and Yet : The Writings of Cynthia Reed Nolan M. E. McGuire , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , April vol. 8 no. 1 1988; (p. 3-6)
Loving Europe : Peel Me a Lotus and Australian Women Writing Travel Susan Carson , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 217-224)
Charmain Clift and George Johnston, Hydra 1960 : The 'Lost' Photographs of James Burke Paul Genoni , Tanya Dalziell , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 73 no. 1 2014; (p. 18-37)
Australians in Aspic : Picturing Charmian Clift's and George Johnston's Expatriation Tanya Dalziell , Paul Genoni , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 15 no. 3 2015;
'This paper considers how the expatriation of Australian authors Charmian Clift and George Johnston on the Greek island of Hydra has been represented photographically in a recently uncovered archive of over 1500 images. The photographs were taken by Life Magazine staff photographer James Burke in the summer of 1960. The analysis of the photographs is juxtaposed at key points with text from Clift's memoir Peel Me a Lotus, and the discussion focuses on the way the interplay between image and text produces supportive and/or contested representations of this particular experience of Australian literary expatriation.' (Publication abstract)
'Taking the Flowery Bed Back to Australia' : The Repatriation of Charmian Clift and George Johnston Tanya Dalziell , Paul Genoni , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , 1 June vol. 31 no. 3 2016;
'Since coming to national attention in the immediate post-World War II years Charmian Clift and George Johnston have remained an enigmatic and almost ‘mythical’ Australian literary couple. At the heart of their shared biographies is the near-decade they spent on the Aegean island of Hydra between 1955 and 1964 where they were at the centre of an international community of writers and artists, and their eventual repatriation to Australia when their years abroad culminated in the triumphant publication of Johnston’s classic novel My Brother Jack. This paper examines aspects of these years on Hydra, exploring the co-dependent but often difficult relationship the Clift and Johnston shared with other expatriates at the same time as their own marriage endured many crises amid the struggle to write fiction of lasting importance.'
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