y The Household Guide To Dying single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 2008 2008
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'When Delia Bennet - author and domestic advice columnist - is diagnosed with cancer, she knows it's time to get her house in order. After all, she's got to secure the future for her husband, their two daughters and their five beloved chickens. But as she writes lists and makes plans, questions both large and small creep in. Should she divulge her best culinary secrets? Read her favourite novels one last time? Plan her daughters' far-off weddings?

'Complicating her dilemma is the matter of the past, and a remote country town where she fled as a pregnant teenager, only to leave broken-hearted eight years later.

'Researching and writing her final Household Guide, Delia is forced to confront the pieces of herself she left behind. She learns what matters is not the past but the present - that the art of dying is all about truly living.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Featured by the BIG Book Club, June 2008
  • Dedication: Dedicated with love to the memory of Adam Wilton and Alison McCallum.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

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Works about this Work

Elvis Down Under : Simulations of a US Pop Icon in Australian Fiction Paul Genoni , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Across the Pacific : Australia-United States Intellectual Histories 2010; (p. 177-193)
'This paper will examine a selection of Australian fiction which features Elvis Presley, or a Presley manqué, as a character. This will include novels and short fiction by Debra Adelaide (A Household Guide to Dying), Julie Capaldo (Weather), Nick Cave (And the Ass Saw the Angel), Gail Jones ('Heartbreak Hotel') and Dorian Mode (A Cafe in Venice). The paper will investigate the capacity of a ubiquitous pop icon such as Presley to absorb and reflect socio-cultural meanings that transcend national boundaries while at the same time affirming elements of national character. In doing so it will consider the meaning and function of trans-national celebrity in a globalised world, and explore why it is that Australian authors—and readers—find a resonance in the figure of Elvis Presley that is seemingly missing from the pop-iconography of their own country.' (Author's abstract)
Writers Go to the Dogs ... and Cats, Birds, Monkeys, Pigs Stephen Downes , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , February vol. 4 no. 1 2009; (p. 24-25)
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 April 2008; (p. 26)
One to One : Interview with Debra Adelaide Angelo Loukakis (interviewer), 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: Newswrite : The NSW Writers' Centre Magazine , April no. 178 2008; (p. 5, 11)
Untitled Deborah Crabtree , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April/May vol. 87 no. 8 2008; (p. 34)

— Review of The Household Guide To Dying Debra Adelaide 2008 single work novel
Dying for Answers Deborah Crabtree (interviewer), 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April/May vol. 87 no. 8 2008; (p. 41)
Dead Funny Tale Susan Wyndham , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 May 2008; (p. 26-28)
Life, Death and Domesticity Rachel Cunneen , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 24 May 2008; (p. 13)

— Review of The Household Guide To Dying Debra Adelaide 2008 single work novel
The Art of Dying Susan Wyndham , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 24 May 2008; (p. 26-27)
Joke's Often Lost on the Grim Reaper Kathy Hunt , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7-8 June 2008; (p. 12-13)

— Review of The Household Guide To Dying Debra Adelaide 2008 single work novel
Dying for House Work Felicity Plunkett , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 7 June 2008; (p. 25)

— Review of The Household Guide To Dying Debra Adelaide 2008 single work novel
Subject Close to Student's Heart Callie Watson , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 7 June 2008; (p. 40)
Untitled Tony Mitchell , 2008 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 14-15 June 2008; (p. 2)
Tony Mitchell suggests that, in her review of Debra Adelaide's The Household Guide To Dying, Kathy Hunt failed to find the humour.
A Case of Grave Expectations Nicola Walker , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14-15 June 2008; (p. 34-35)

— Review of The Household Guide To Dying Debra Adelaide 2008 single work novel
Dangerous Work Samela Harris , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 28 June 2008; (p. 13)
Untitled Christina Hill , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 303 2008; (p. 55)

— Review of The Household Guide To Dying Debra Adelaide 2008 single work novel
Near-Death Distraction Samela Harris , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 - 6 July 2008; (p. 23)

— Review of The Household Guide To Dying Debra Adelaide 2008 single work novel
Exit Strategy Alison Walsh , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 - 6 July 2008; (p. 23)

— Review of The Household Guide To Dying Debra Adelaide 2008 single work novel
Untitled Ben Kooyman , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , no. 342 2008; (p. 34)

— Review of The Household Guide To Dying Debra Adelaide 2008 single work novel
Untitled Scott Whitmont , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , Summer 2008-2009 vol. 88 no. 5 2008; (p. 22)

— Review of The Household Guide To Dying Debra Adelaide 2008 single work novel
Untitled Deborah Crabtree , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April/May vol. 87 no. 8 2008; (p. 34)

— Review of The Household Guide To Dying Debra Adelaide 2008 single work novel
Life, Death and Domesticity Rachel Cunneen , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 24 May 2008; (p. 13)

— Review of The Household Guide To Dying Debra Adelaide 2008 single work novel
Joke's Often Lost on the Grim Reaper Kathy Hunt , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7-8 June 2008; (p. 12-13)

— Review of The Household Guide To Dying Debra Adelaide 2008 single work novel
Dying for House Work Felicity Plunkett , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 7 June 2008; (p. 25)

— Review of The Household Guide To Dying Debra Adelaide 2008 single work novel
A Case of Grave Expectations Nicola Walker , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14-15 June 2008; (p. 34-35)

— Review of The Household Guide To Dying Debra Adelaide 2008 single work novel
Untitled Christina Hill , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 303 2008; (p. 55)

— Review of The Household Guide To Dying Debra Adelaide 2008 single work novel
Near-Death Distraction Samela Harris , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 - 6 July 2008; (p. 23)

— Review of The Household Guide To Dying Debra Adelaide 2008 single work novel
Exit Strategy Alison Walsh , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 - 6 July 2008; (p. 23)

— Review of The Household Guide To Dying Debra Adelaide 2008 single work novel
Untitled Ben Kooyman , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , no. 342 2008; (p. 34)

— Review of The Household Guide To Dying Debra Adelaide 2008 single work novel
Untitled Scott Whitmont , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , Summer 2008-2009 vol. 88 no. 5 2008; (p. 22)

— Review of The Household Guide To Dying Debra Adelaide 2008 single work novel
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 April 2008; (p. 26)
One to One : Interview with Debra Adelaide Angelo Loukakis (interviewer), 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: Newswrite : The NSW Writers' Centre Magazine , April no. 178 2008; (p. 5, 11)
Dying for Answers Deborah Crabtree (interviewer), 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April/May vol. 87 no. 8 2008; (p. 41)
Dead Funny Tale Susan Wyndham , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 May 2008; (p. 26-28)
The Art of Dying Susan Wyndham , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 24 May 2008; (p. 26-27)
Subject Close to Student's Heart Callie Watson , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 7 June 2008; (p. 40)
Untitled Tony Mitchell , 2008 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 14-15 June 2008; (p. 2)
Tony Mitchell suggests that, in her review of Debra Adelaide's The Household Guide To Dying, Kathy Hunt failed to find the humour.
Dangerous Work Samela Harris , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 28 June 2008; (p. 13)
Writers Go to the Dogs ... and Cats, Birds, Monkeys, Pigs Stephen Downes , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , February vol. 4 no. 1 2009; (p. 24-25)
Elvis Down Under : Simulations of a US Pop Icon in Australian Fiction Paul Genoni , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Across the Pacific : Australia-United States Intellectual Histories 2010; (p. 177-193)
'This paper will examine a selection of Australian fiction which features Elvis Presley, or a Presley manqué, as a character. This will include novels and short fiction by Debra Adelaide (A Household Guide to Dying), Julie Capaldo (Weather), Nick Cave (And the Ass Saw the Angel), Gail Jones ('Heartbreak Hotel') and Dorian Mode (A Cafe in Venice). The paper will investigate the capacity of a ubiquitous pop icon such as Presley to absorb and reflect socio-cultural meanings that transcend national boundaries while at the same time affirming elements of national character. In doing so it will consider the meaning and function of trans-national celebrity in a globalised world, and explore why it is that Australian authors—and readers—find a resonance in the figure of Elvis Presley that is seemingly missing from the pop-iconography of their own country.' (Author's abstract)
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