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Issue Details: First known date: 1984... 1984 Milk and Honey : A Novel
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

A self-absorbed young musician comes as a pupil-boarder to the house of an 'old European' family. Gradually his life is taken over and consumed, seemingly, by dark, mysterious forces within as much as outside himself. Milk and Honey is a strangely haunting novel. While much of what we have come to expect and admire in Elizabeth Jolley's work is powerfully present - vivid and diverse characters, pathos, humour and acute perceptions of people and their situations - it is in many ways quite unlike anything she has previously written. A work of gothic proportions, Milk and Honeyis an astonishing tapestry of character and incident that surprises and yet never fails to convince.

(Source: Booktopia)

Adaptations

y separately published work icon Milk and Honey Ingle Knight , 1997 Z844721 1997 single work drama

Affiliation Notes

  • Writing Disability in Australia:

    Type of disability Disfigured hands, undisclosed mental impairment.
    Type of character Primary and secondary.
    Point of view First person.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 1984 .
      Extent: 185p.
      Reprinted: 1992 , 1996
      ISBN: 1863680179, 0909144818
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Persea Books ,
      1986 .
      Extent: 185p.
      ISBN: 089255102X
    • Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Viking ,
      1987 .
      Extent: 172p.
      ISBN: 0670814555
Alternative title: Le Mensonge : Roman
Language: French

Other Formats

  • Also sound recording.

Works about this Work

Elizabeth Jolley : A Cross-Cultural Life in Writing Barbara Milech , Brian Dibble , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 2 no. 2010;

'Elizabeth Jolley is one of Australia's most significant writers: she published some two dozen books of fiction, essays and radio dramas, won every major Australian literary award, received four honorary doctorates, was awarded the Order of Australia for service to Australian Literature in 1988, and was named an Australian 'National Living Treasure' in 1997.

Her career has its roots in the UK, the place of her birth, schooling and early marriage. In 1959 she travelled with her three children and her husband to Perth, Western Australia, where Leonard Jolley took up a position as foundation Librarian of the University of Western Australia. She brought with her a trunk full of unpublished/rejected manuscripts which provided the initial materials from which she developed her published fictions and essays in Australia.

This article explores the institutional frameworks in Australia which enabled Jolley - a constant writer from childhood - to develop, in David Carter's phrase, 'a career in writing' from the mid-1970s onwards. It argues that Jolley rewrote her foundation manuscripts (written in another country) both to imagine Australian lives and to conform to Australian publishers' requirements. In doing so, it traces how the fiction and essays translate the experience of migration/exile, often thematised through the recurrent image of being 'on the edge,' into the particular and powerful ethic of love that informs Jolley's writing.' (Author's abstract)

Shellshocks and Aftershocks : Scars of the Holocaust Problematizing Identity in Elizabeth Jolley's Milk and Honey V. Lakshmanan , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literature : Identity, Representation and Belonging 2007; (p. 1-7) Women's Writing in English : India and Australia 2008; (p. 165-170)
Milk and Honey : Elizabeth Jolley (1923-2007) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 216-220)
Songs of a Wayfarer A. P. Riemer , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Heat , no. 14 (New Series) 2007; (p. 45-62)
'As One Whom His Mother Comforteth, So Will I Comfort You : Elizabeth Jolley's Catalogue of Consolation Elaine Lindsay , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 66 no. 1 2006; (p. 52-65)
[Review] Miss Peabody's Inheritance [et al] J. Motion , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 18 October 1985; (p. 1173)

— Review of Miss Peabody's Inheritance Elizabeth Jolley , 1983 single work novel ; Milk and Honey : A Novel Elizabeth Jolley , 1984 single work novel ; Loving Daughters Olga Masters , 1984 single work novel ; Annie Magdalene Barbara Hanrahan , 1985 single work novel ; Bearded Ladies : Stories Kate Grenville , 1984 selected work short story poetry ; Palomino Elizabeth Jolley , 1980 single work novel ; Mr Scobie's Riddle Elizabeth Jolley , 1983 single work novel
A Melancholy Novel, Darkly Disturbing Laurie Clancy , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 3 November 1984; (p. 19)

— Review of Palomino Elizabeth Jolley , 1980 single work novel ; Milk and Honey : A Novel Elizabeth Jolley , 1984 single work novel
Awaiting the Next Sick Surprise Katharine England , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 13 October 1984; (p. 38)

— Review of Palomino Elizabeth Jolley , 1980 single work novel ; Milk and Honey : A Novel Elizabeth Jolley , 1984 single work novel
The Grotesque and the Innocent Lucy Frost , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , December no. 97 1984; (p. 66-68)

— Review of Palomino Elizabeth Jolley , 1980 single work novel ; Milk and Honey : A Novel Elizabeth Jolley , 1984 single work novel ; The Bush Soldiers John Hooker , 1984 single work novel ; Bearded Ladies : Stories Kate Grenville , 1984 selected work short story poetry
The Sullen Novelists : New Australian Fiction Thelma Forshaw , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , March vol. 29 no. 3 1985; (p. 77-79)

— Review of The Island Antigone Kefala , 1984 single work novel ; Shallows Tim Winton , 1984 single work novel ; Crooks Bill Reed , 1984 single work novel ; Milk and Honey : A Novel Elizabeth Jolley , 1984 single work novel ; Bearded Ladies : Stories Kate Grenville , 1984 selected work short story poetry ; The Man Who Stayed Below Alan Gould , 1984 single work novel ; Last Ferry to Manly Jill Neville , 1984 single work novel ; The Chinaman Don'o Kim , 1984 single work novel
The Writer's Voice Mary Wright , 1984 single work column
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Centre Broadsheet , November - December vol. 3 no. 6 1984; (p. 3-4)
Babies Eat Their Lace: Elizabeth Jolley and the Slaughter of Decorum Eden Liddelow , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: After Electra : Rage, Grief and Hope in Twentieth-Century Fiction 2002; (p. 118-136, notes 194-195)
'As One Whom His Mother Comforteth, So Will I Comfort You : Elizabeth Jolley's Catalogue of Consolation Elaine Lindsay , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 66 no. 1 2006; (p. 52-65)
Songs of a Wayfarer A. P. Riemer , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Heat , no. 14 (New Series) 2007; (p. 45-62)
Milk and Honey : Elizabeth Jolley (1923-2007) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 216-220)
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