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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Family Skeleton
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'From inside her Toorak mansion, Margaret, matriarch, widow of Edmund Rice O’Day of O’Day Funerals, secretly surveys her family in the garden. Everyone, including Margaret herself, is oblivious to the secrets that threaten to be uncovered by a visiting American relative who is determined to excavate the O’Day’s family history. How far will Margaret go in order to bury the truth? Family Skeleton examines the dark heart of a family that has for generations been engaged in dark business. You can’t dig a grave without disturbing the smooth surface of the ground.

'Deftly woven with elegant wit and with compassion, this dark comedy is about what you might unearth if you dig deep enough.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Epigraph: 'The Storyteller knows what the Storyteller knows; the Storyteller tells what the Storyteller tells.' - CARRILLO MEAN When Where Why How

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    • Crawley, Inner Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: UWA Publishing , 2016 .
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      • Published September 2016
      ISBN: 9781742588902

Works about this Work

NRB Reviewers Pick Their Best Books of 2016 Various , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , December 2016;

— Review of The Dry Jane Harper 2016 single work novel ; Family Skeleton Carmel Bird 2016 single work novel ; Wisdom Tree : Five Novellas Nick Earls 2016 series - author novella ; The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings Angela Slatter 2014 selected work short story
Turning Pages : In Praise of the Winning Carmel Bird Jane Sullivan , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 28 October 2016;
'How splendid that Carmel Bird has won the 2016 Patrick White Literary Award. Not only has she made an outstanding contribution to Australian literature; she has also shown how a patient, enterprising and undaunted writer can find pathways to publication, and have fun on the way.'
Family Skeleton Review : Carmel Bird's Witty Dissection of a Wealthy Family Peter Pierce , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 30 September 2016;

— Review of Family Skeleton Carmel Bird 2016 single work novel
'The mordantly witty Family Skeleton, supposedly related from a wardrobe by one of them, is Carmel Bird's ninth novel, and as vibrant and off-beat as those that have happily gone before. The O'Day family, its fortune made as funeral directors, especially to Melbourne's rich, and latterly from the death-driven theme park Heavenly Days, lives in the mansion Bellevue, built for them in Toorak in 1933. ...'
Secret Scandals of the Well Connected Peter Pierce , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 1-2 October 2016; (p. 20) The Sydney Morning Herald , 1 October 2016; (p. 20)

— Review of Family Skeleton Carmel Bird 2016 single work novel
The Autumn of the Toorak Matriarch Thuy On , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 September 2016; (p. 24)

— Review of Family Skeleton Carmel Bird 2016 single work novel
The Autumn of the Toorak Matriarch Thuy On , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 September 2016; (p. 24)

— Review of Family Skeleton Carmel Bird 2016 single work novel
Secret Scandals of the Well Connected Peter Pierce , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 1-2 October 2016; (p. 20) The Sydney Morning Herald , 1 October 2016; (p. 20)

— Review of Family Skeleton Carmel Bird 2016 single work novel
Family Skeleton Review : Carmel Bird's Witty Dissection of a Wealthy Family Peter Pierce , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 30 September 2016;

— Review of Family Skeleton Carmel Bird 2016 single work novel
'The mordantly witty Family Skeleton, supposedly related from a wardrobe by one of them, is Carmel Bird's ninth novel, and as vibrant and off-beat as those that have happily gone before. The O'Day family, its fortune made as funeral directors, especially to Melbourne's rich, and latterly from the death-driven theme park Heavenly Days, lives in the mansion Bellevue, built for them in Toorak in 1933. ...'
NRB Reviewers Pick Their Best Books of 2016 Various , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , December 2016;

— Review of The Dry Jane Harper 2016 single work novel ; Family Skeleton Carmel Bird 2016 single work novel ; Wisdom Tree : Five Novellas Nick Earls 2016 series - author novella ; The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings Angela Slatter 2014 selected work short story
Turning Pages : In Praise of the Winning Carmel Bird Jane Sullivan , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 28 October 2016;
'How splendid that Carmel Bird has won the 2016 Patrick White Literary Award. Not only has she made an outstanding contribution to Australian literature; she has also shown how a patient, enterprising and undaunted writer can find pathways to publication, and have fun on the way.'
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