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Issue Details: First known date: 1979 1979
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Notes

  • Part one of Roland's autobiography.
  • Dedication: This book is dedicated to the memory of Freda Utley and Arcadi Berdichevsky and all my other friends who perished in the Stalin purges of 1935-39.
  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Quartet Books , 1979 .
      Extent: 196 p., [8] p. of platesp.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 090812810X

Works about this Work

Storytelling Permutations in the Performance of Life Narrative Betty Roland’s Caviar for Breakfast Maureen Clark , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 6 no. 1 2013;

Betty Roland (1903-1996), a little-known figure in Australian literary circles, was a prolific storyteller. Whilst there are few zones of literature into which she did not venture between the late 1920s and 1990, Roland is perhaps best remembered as a dramatist. Her Australian outback melodrama, The Touch of Silk, was first performed by the Melbourne Repertory Company in 1928, and is still produced today. Reviewers of the time described the play as ‘a beautiful and abiding piece’ of theatre, and named Roland as Australia’s first genuine playwright. Silk’s bleak twists and far-reaching insights into authoritarian bourgeois morality, helped to make it the first among a number of successful radio serials for Roland and paved the way for later film scripts. Perhaps because she was a playwright rather than a novelist at the time, Roland has never been grouped with Australia’s celebrated women writers of the 1920s and 30s, such as Miles Franklin, Eleanor Dark and Katharine Susannah Prichard. Roland was, however, engaged in a burgeoning cosmopolitan print-culture that extended well beyond those years as well as Australian borders. (Author's introduction)

Guido Baracchi, Betty Roland and the Soviet Union Jeff Sparrow , 2008 single work biography
— Appears in: Political Tourists : Travellers from Australia to the Soviet Union in the 1920s-1940s 2008; (p. 122-145)
The Burdens Twain or Not Forgetting Yourself : The Writing of Betty Roland's Life Nicole Moore , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 18 no. 1 1992; (p. 6-26)
A Devious Tale Told Cathy Peake , 1990 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 November 1990; (p. 82)
Heartburn, Dyspepsia, Acid Stomach Vesna Drapac , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , February no. 72 1990; (p. 30-31)

— Review of Caviar for Breakfast Betty Roland 1979 single work autobiography
Betty's Romp with Sex and Politics Alison Ravenscroft , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , September vol. 1 no. 1 1989; (p. 28-30)

— Review of An Improbable Life Betty Roland 1989 single work autobiography ; Caviar for Breakfast Betty Roland 1979 single work autobiography
Betty Roland : Life Enhancer Berwyn Lewis , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 29-30 April 1989; (p. 5)
Caviar Sweet and Sour Fiona Capp , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 7 October 1989; (p. 10)

— Review of Caviar for Breakfast Betty Roland 1979 single work autobiography
Paperbacks : The Ethnics, Revised, of Terror, Confusion and Walking the Line Penelope Nelson , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 23-24 September 1989; (p. 9)

— Review of Caviar for Breakfast Betty Roland 1979 single work autobiography
The Ethics, Revised of Terror, Confusion and Walking the Line Penelope Nelson , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 23-24 September 1989; (p. 9)

— Review of Caviar for Breakfast Betty Roland 1979 single work autobiography
An Australian Remembers Stalin's Moscow Tim Pankhurst , 1979 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 October 1979; (p. 3)
The Three Weeks Stretched to 15 Months Stuart Sayers , 1979 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Age , 6 October 1979; (p. 28)
Betty's Romp with Sex and Politics Alison Ravenscroft , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , September vol. 1 no. 1 1989; (p. 28-30)

— Review of An Improbable Life Betty Roland 1989 single work autobiography ; Caviar for Breakfast Betty Roland 1979 single work autobiography
Caviar Sweet and Sour Fiona Capp , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 7 October 1989; (p. 10)

— Review of Caviar for Breakfast Betty Roland 1979 single work autobiography
Paperbacks : The Ethnics, Revised, of Terror, Confusion and Walking the Line Penelope Nelson , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 23-24 September 1989; (p. 9)

— Review of Caviar for Breakfast Betty Roland 1979 single work autobiography
The Ethics, Revised of Terror, Confusion and Walking the Line Penelope Nelson , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 23-24 September 1989; (p. 9)

— Review of Caviar for Breakfast Betty Roland 1979 single work autobiography
Heartburn, Dyspepsia, Acid Stomach Vesna Drapac , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , February no. 72 1990; (p. 30-31)

— Review of Caviar for Breakfast Betty Roland 1979 single work autobiography
Guido Baracchi, Betty Roland and the Soviet Union Jeff Sparrow , 2008 single work biography
— Appears in: Political Tourists : Travellers from Australia to the Soviet Union in the 1920s-1940s 2008; (p. 122-145)
An Australian Remembers Stalin's Moscow Tim Pankhurst , 1979 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 October 1979; (p. 3)
The Three Weeks Stretched to 15 Months Stuart Sayers , 1979 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Age , 6 October 1979; (p. 28)
Betty Roland : Life Enhancer Berwyn Lewis , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 29-30 April 1989; (p. 5)
A Devious Tale Told Cathy Peake , 1990 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 November 1990; (p. 82)
The Burdens Twain or Not Forgetting Yourself : The Writing of Betty Roland's Life Nicole Moore , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 18 no. 1 1992; (p. 6-26)
Storytelling Permutations in the Performance of Life Narrative Betty Roland’s Caviar for Breakfast Maureen Clark , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 6 no. 1 2013;

Betty Roland (1903-1996), a little-known figure in Australian literary circles, was a prolific storyteller. Whilst there are few zones of literature into which she did not venture between the late 1920s and 1990, Roland is perhaps best remembered as a dramatist. Her Australian outback melodrama, The Touch of Silk, was first performed by the Melbourne Repertory Company in 1928, and is still produced today. Reviewers of the time described the play as ‘a beautiful and abiding piece’ of theatre, and named Roland as Australia’s first genuine playwright. Silk’s bleak twists and far-reaching insights into authoritarian bourgeois morality, helped to make it the first among a number of successful radio serials for Roland and paved the way for later film scripts. Perhaps because she was a playwright rather than a novelist at the time, Roland has never been grouped with Australia’s celebrated women writers of the 1920s and 30s, such as Miles Franklin, Eleanor Dark and Katharine Susannah Prichard. Roland was, however, engaged in a burgeoning cosmopolitan print-culture that extended well beyond those years as well as Australian borders. (Author's introduction)

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