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Elise Valmorbida Elise Valmorbida i(A30044 works by)
Born: Established: 1961 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Italian
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Elise Valmorbida graduated in English Language and Literature at the University of Melbourne, where she later taught. In 1984, she obtained a scholarship to Oxford in England. She took up a career in design. She has also managed a communications consultancy and has taught creative writing at the University of Arts, London. Her short stories have been published in New Writer, Carve Magazine and the Cyan Books anthologies From Here to Here and Common Ground.

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y separately published work icon The Madonna of the Mountains London : Faber , 2018 15359403 2018 single work novel historical fiction


'Maria Vittoria is embroidering a sheet for her dowry trunk.

'Her father has gone to find her a husband. He’s taken his mule, a photograph and a pack of food: home-made sopressa sausage, cold polenta, a little flask of wine – no need to take water – the world is full of water.

'There are no eligible men in this valley or the next one, and her father will not let her marry just anyone, and now, despite Maria’s years, she is still healthy. Her betrothed will see all that. He’ll be looking for a woman who can do the work.

'Maria can do the work. Everyone in the contrà says that.

'And the Lord knows Maria will need to be able to work. Fascism blooms as crops ripen, the state craves babies just as the babies cry for food. Maria faces a stony path, but one she will surely climb to the summit.

'In this sumptuous and elegant novel you will taste the bigoli co l’arna, touch the mulberry leaves cut finer than organdie, and feel the strain of one woman attempting to keep her family safe in the most dangerous of times.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Fiction
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