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y separately published work icon Isobel on the Way to the Corner Shop single work   novel  
  • Author:agent Amy Witting http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/witting-amy
Issue Details: First known date: 1999... 1999 Isobel on the Way to the Corner Shop
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'Isobel Callaghan is struggling to make a career as a writer in Sydney. She is isolated, poor and hungry, and fears she’s going mad. Leaving her room in a boarding house in search of food, she has a breakdown on the way to the corner shop.

'Waking in hospital, Isobel learns that she will be confined to a sanatorium in the Blue Mountains. There, among the motley assortment of patients, and with the aid of great works of literature, she will confront the horrors of her past. But can she find a way to face the future?

'Confronting and compassionate, profound and funny, the second Isobel Callaghan novel is every bit as brilliant as its much-loved predecessor. It confirmed Amy Witting as one of the finest Australian writers of her time. ' (Text Classic summary)

Notes

  • Sequel to I for Isobel.
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1999 .
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      Extent: 352p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 31 July 1999
      ISBN: 0140286349
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2015 .
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      Extent: 336p.
      Note/s:
      ISBN: 9781922182715
      Series: y separately published work icon Text Classics Text Publishing (publisher), Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2012- Z1851461 2012 series - publisher novel 'Great books by great Australian storytellers.' (Text website.)

Works about this Work

The Disempowerment of Women in the Domestic Sphere : The Fiction of Amy Witting (1918 – 2001) Coleen Smee , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crossroads : An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics , vol. 6 no. 2 2013; (p. 94-103)

'This article examines ways in which the fiction of the acclaimed Australian writer Amy Witting, dubbed Australia’s Chekov and whom Helen Garner acknowledged as her ‘literary mother,’ interrogates the disempowerment of women in the domestic sphere, asserting that the home is a contested space and conflicted place for women. Witting subverts the notion that a ‘woman’s place is in the home’ by demonstrating that many

women are actually displaced and dispossessed in the inhibiting domestic spaces that are their ‘homes.’ In her fiction, women are isolated and excluded because of gender inequity

in regard to women’s rights and duties in the domestic sphere. Women are also marginalised in regard to inadequate financial rewards for domestic productivity and are affected by circumstances underpinned by discourses of poverty, class conflict and domestic violence. Witting asserts that the disempowerment of women in the home often leads to women appropriating masculinist attitudes and behaviours of oppression towards other women less powerful than themselves. In this article, these concepts are explored with close reference to five of Witting’s novels and interviews conducted with the author.' (Author's abstract)

The Art of Penning the March Hare In : The Treatment of Insanity in Australian Total Institution Fiction Jean-François Vernay , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Aumla , November no. 118 2012; (p. 87-103)

'The treatment of psychological disorders of all kinds and, more largely, of the deterioration of the mind, gradually made its mark in Australian novels in the early 1970s and gave rise to a series of books concerned with mental health issues. The six narratives I have selected for this study-David Ireland's The Flesheaters (1972), Walter Adamson's The Institution (1976), Peter Kocan's two you-narration novellas The Treatment (1980) and The Cure (1983), Carmel Bird's The White Garden (1995), and Amy Witting's Isobela on the Way to the Corner Shop (1999)-all partake of this new trend. This belated literary awakening to insanity is all the stranger seeing that creativity and madness have often been paired, both being particularly apt at articulating the relationship between freedom and constraint, mental representation and reality, the individual and society.' (Author's introduction)

Vale to a Writer of Sap and Fire Peter Craven , 2001 single work obituary (for Amy Witting )
— Appears in: The Australian , 26 September 2001; (p. 42)
Writing's Late Starter Improves with Age Jason Steger , 2000 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Age , 26 August 2000; (p. 3)
Acts of Noticing : A Consideration of Some Recent Australian Fiction Carmel MacDonald-Grahame , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 45 no. 2000; (p. 23-36)

— Review of The Red Heart Rosie Scott , 1999 selected work essay autobiography ; Untold Tales David Malouf , 1999 selected work short story ; Dream Stuff David Malouf , 2000 selected work short story ; Blue : a novel Ken Spillman , 1999 single work novel ; Freedom Highway Nigel Krauth , 1999 single work novel ; The Chelsea Manifesto : A Novel Bruce L. Russell , 1999 single work novel ; Painted Words 1999 anthology short story poetry ; Liv : A Novel Morgan Yasbincek , 2000 single work novel ; Hidden from View Richard Harland , 1999 single work novel ; Benang : From the Heart Kim Scott , 1999 single work novel ; Drylands : A Book for the World's Last Reader Thea Astley , 1999 single work novel ; An Accommodating Spouse Elizabeth Jolley , 1999 single work novel ; Neap Tide Dorothy Hewett , 1999 single work novel ; Isobel on the Way to the Corner Shop Amy Witting , 1999 single work novel ; Poe's Cat Brenda Walker , 1999 single work novel ; Playing Madame Mao Lau Siew Mei , 2000 single work novel ; The Hunter Julia Leigh , 1999 single work novel ; The Australian Fiance Simone Lazaroo , 2000 single work novel
An Eye for Detail Suzanne Hemming , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , vol. 11 no. 1999; (p. 17-18)

— Review of White Heart Heather Rose , 1999 single work novel ; Isobel on the Way to the Corner Shop Amy Witting , 1999 single work novel
Isobel's Unabsorbing Tale of Self-Absorption Michael Thomas , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times Sunday Times , 25 July 1999; (p. 18)

— Review of Prowler : A Novel Marion Campbell , 1999 single work novel ; Isobel on the Way to the Corner Shop Amy Witting , 1999 single work novel ; Killing Aurora Helen Barnes , 1999 single work novel ; The Burnt City Marshall Browne , 1999 single work novel
Late-Blooming Legend Diana Simmonds , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 June 1999; (p. 13)

— Review of Isobel on the Way to the Corner Shop Amy Witting , 1999 single work novel
Back from the Dead Country Kathy Hunt , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 29 June vol. 117 no. 6180 1999; (p. 116)

— Review of Isobel on the Way to the Corner Shop Amy Witting , 1999 single work novel
Triumph in Face of Adversity Peter Craven , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 24 July 1999; (p. 8)

— Review of Isobel on the Way to the Corner Shop Amy Witting , 1999 single work novel
A Life Experience Jane Sullivan , 1999 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 3 July 1999; (p. 8)
Words to Cojure With : Fiction Janet Chimonyo , Owen Richardson , 2000 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 5 August 2000; (p. 7)
Writing's Late Starter Improves with Age Jason Steger , 2000 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Age , 26 August 2000; (p. 3)
Vale to a Writer of Sap and Fire Peter Craven , 2001 single work obituary (for Amy Witting )
— Appears in: The Australian , 26 September 2001; (p. 42)
The Art of Penning the March Hare In : The Treatment of Insanity in Australian Total Institution Fiction Jean-François Vernay , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Aumla , November no. 118 2012; (p. 87-103)

'The treatment of psychological disorders of all kinds and, more largely, of the deterioration of the mind, gradually made its mark in Australian novels in the early 1970s and gave rise to a series of books concerned with mental health issues. The six narratives I have selected for this study-David Ireland's The Flesheaters (1972), Walter Adamson's The Institution (1976), Peter Kocan's two you-narration novellas The Treatment (1980) and The Cure (1983), Carmel Bird's The White Garden (1995), and Amy Witting's Isobela on the Way to the Corner Shop (1999)-all partake of this new trend. This belated literary awakening to insanity is all the stranger seeing that creativity and madness have often been paired, both being particularly apt at articulating the relationship between freedom and constraint, mental representation and reality, the individual and society.' (Author's introduction)

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