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Issue Details: First known date: 2012 2012
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'Susan Swingler is the step-daughter of one of Australia's most revered writers - Elizabeth Jolley. Abandoned by her father Leonard at the age of four, Susan had no contact with the Jolley family until they found and reclaimed her at the age of twenty-one. Why they were kept apart is the subject of this startling new memoir.

'The House of Fiction tells the story of Swingler's quest to find her father. As she painstakingly traces and documents clues to a better understanding of Leonard, she inadvertently unravels an intricate fiction created by Elizabeth Jolley to protect those she loves.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Rebecca and Lucy

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • North Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 2012 .
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      Extent: 319p.
      Description: illus., facsims, ports.
      Note/s:
      ISBN: 9781921888663 (pbk.)
    • Brunswick, Brunswick - Coburg area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Scribe , 2014 .
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      Extent: 320p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date 8 May 2014
      ISBN: 9781922247292 (paperback)

Works about this Work

Secret Letters Reveal Jolley's Life Was as Intriguing as Her Fictional Characters Susan Wyndham , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 October 2013; (p. 6) The Sydney Morning Herald , 28 October 2013; (p. 8-9)
A Marriage of True Minds: Leonard and Elizabeth Jolley John Barnes , 2013 single work biography
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 58 no. 2 2013; (p. 118-137)
Fiction and Lies : What We Learn from Elizabeth Jolley’s Love Letters Elizabeth Webby , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 29 October 2013;
Memoirs are Made of This : A Page Turns on the 2012 Writers Festival Susan Wyndham , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 March 2012; (p. 5)
The Jolley Deception Susan Wyndham , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 April 2012; (p. 30-31) The Saturday Age , 28 April 2012; (p. 28-29)
The Jolley Riddle: A Daughter's Quest Rachel Cunneen , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 5 May 2012; (p. 27)

— Review of The House of Fiction : Leonard, Susan and Elizabeth Jolley : A Memoir Susan Swingler 2012 single work autobiography
Truth, Lies and Family Secrets Ramona Koval , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5-6 May 2012; (p. 37)

— Review of The House of Fiction : Leonard, Susan and Elizabeth Jolley : A Memoir Susan Swingler 2012 single work autobiography
Secrets of the Jolleys Francesca Rendle-Short , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 341 2012; (p. 18-19)

— Review of The House of Fiction : Leonard, Susan and Elizabeth Jolley : A Memoir Susan Swingler 2012 single work autobiography
Detective Story Unearths the Real Jolley Mandy Sayer , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12-13 May 2012; (p. 18-19)

— Review of The House of Fiction : Leonard, Susan and Elizabeth Jolley : A Memoir Susan Swingler 2012 single work autobiography
A Jolley Big Lie Revealed Melenie Ambrose , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 19 - 20 May 2012; (p. 20)

— Review of The House of Fiction : Leonard, Susan and Elizabeth Jolley : A Memoir Susan Swingler 2012 single work autobiography
Off the Shelf : Memoir Thuy On , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 23 June 2012; (p. 30)

— Review of The House of Fiction : Leonard, Susan and Elizabeth Jolley : A Memoir Susan Swingler 2012 single work autobiography
Untitled Katharine England , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 16 June 2012; (p. 22)

— Review of The House of Fiction : Leonard, Susan and Elizabeth Jolley : A Memoir Susan Swingler 2012 single work autobiography
This Week You're Reading Maxine Marshall , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 22 September 2012; (p. 21)

— Review of The House of Fiction : Leonard, Susan and Elizabeth Jolley : A Memoir Susan Swingler 2012 single work autobiography
Central Mischief David Brooks , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 72 no. 1 2012; (p. 238-244)

— Review of The House of Fiction : Leonard, Susan and Elizabeth Jolley : A Memoir Susan Swingler 2012 single work autobiography
y Conversations : Susan Swingler Richard Fidler (interviewer), Australia : ABC Radio National , 2012 8875412 2012 single work interview

'Susan Swingler's father was Leonard Jolley, the man who was married to revered Australian writer Elizabeth Jolley.

'It took Susan decades to unravel the lies Leonard told the family he'd left behind in England when he moved to Australia to make a new life with Elizabeth and their children.

'The deceptions were sustained by Elizabeth Jolley too, deceptions that left Susan hurt, bewildered and incredulous when she eventually discovered them.

'Her memoir of this strange but true family story is called House of Fiction, published by Fremantle Press.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

The Jolley Riddle: A Daughter's Quest Rachel Cunneen , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 5 May 2012; (p. 27)

— Review of The House of Fiction : Leonard, Susan and Elizabeth Jolley : A Memoir Susan Swingler 2012 single work autobiography
Truth, Lies and Family Secrets Ramona Koval , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5-6 May 2012; (p. 37)

— Review of The House of Fiction : Leonard, Susan and Elizabeth Jolley : A Memoir Susan Swingler 2012 single work autobiography
Secrets of the Jolleys Francesca Rendle-Short , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 341 2012; (p. 18-19)

— Review of The House of Fiction : Leonard, Susan and Elizabeth Jolley : A Memoir Susan Swingler 2012 single work autobiography
Detective Story Unearths the Real Jolley Mandy Sayer , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12-13 May 2012; (p. 18-19)

— Review of The House of Fiction : Leonard, Susan and Elizabeth Jolley : A Memoir Susan Swingler 2012 single work autobiography
A Jolley Big Lie Revealed Melenie Ambrose , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 19 - 20 May 2012; (p. 20)

— Review of The House of Fiction : Leonard, Susan and Elizabeth Jolley : A Memoir Susan Swingler 2012 single work autobiography
Off the Shelf : Memoir Thuy On , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 23 June 2012; (p. 30)

— Review of The House of Fiction : Leonard, Susan and Elizabeth Jolley : A Memoir Susan Swingler 2012 single work autobiography
Untitled Katharine England , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 16 June 2012; (p. 22)

— Review of The House of Fiction : Leonard, Susan and Elizabeth Jolley : A Memoir Susan Swingler 2012 single work autobiography
This Week You're Reading Maxine Marshall , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 22 September 2012; (p. 21)

— Review of The House of Fiction : Leonard, Susan and Elizabeth Jolley : A Memoir Susan Swingler 2012 single work autobiography
Central Mischief David Brooks , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 72 no. 1 2012; (p. 238-244)

— Review of The House of Fiction : Leonard, Susan and Elizabeth Jolley : A Memoir Susan Swingler 2012 single work autobiography
Memoirs are Made of This : A Page Turns on the 2012 Writers Festival Susan Wyndham , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 March 2012; (p. 5)
The Jolley Deception Susan Wyndham , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 April 2012; (p. 30-31) The Saturday Age , 28 April 2012; (p. 28-29)
Secret Letters Reveal Jolley's Life Was as Intriguing as Her Fictional Characters Susan Wyndham , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 October 2013; (p. 6) The Sydney Morning Herald , 28 October 2013; (p. 8-9)
A Marriage of True Minds: Leonard and Elizabeth Jolley John Barnes , 2013 single work biography
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 58 no. 2 2013; (p. 118-137)
Fiction and Lies : What We Learn from Elizabeth Jolley’s Love Letters Elizabeth Webby , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 29 October 2013;
y Conversations : Susan Swingler Richard Fidler (interviewer), Australia : ABC Radio National , 2012 8875412 2012 single work interview

'Susan Swingler's father was Leonard Jolley, the man who was married to revered Australian writer Elizabeth Jolley.

'It took Susan decades to unravel the lies Leonard told the family he'd left behind in England when he moved to Australia to make a new life with Elizabeth and their children.

'The deceptions were sustained by Elizabeth Jolley too, deceptions that left Susan hurt, bewildered and incredulous when she eventually discovered them.

'Her memoir of this strange but true family story is called House of Fiction, published by Fremantle Press.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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