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  • Author:agent Rodney Hall http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/hall-rodney
Issue Details: First known date: 2007... 2007 Love Without Hope
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'The elderly Mrs Shoddy suffers acute depression as a result of a bushfire that kills her beloved horses. A capable countrywoman, she loses her grip and is living in squalor when the district nurse finds her and has her committed to an insane asylum. The time is 1982; the place, a country town in NSW. The NSW Department of Lunacy is still in operation, headed by an official with the title The Master in Lunacy. In this powerful novel, finding herself pitted against the power of the state, Mrs Shoddy calls on her memories of her missing husband, on the spirit of her horses and on the recovery of her self-respect and resilience to create a world in which she can remain sane, even against the institutional brutality she is subjected to. And the characters in her mind become as palpable as the real people she is surrounded by.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Julian Burnside.
  • Epigraph: You are not dying because you are ill. You are dying because you are alive. - Montaigne

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2007 .
      Extent: 272p.
      ISBN: 9780330422888

Works about this Work

Love and Lunacy James Harris , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 23 no. 2 2009; (p. 216-217)

— Review of Love Without Hope Rodney Hall , 2007 single work novel
Prize Writers Jane Sullivan , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 14 June 2008; (p. 28-29)
'Jane Sullivan assesses the field in Australia's most significant literary award.' (Editor's abstract)
WA Writer Has Eyes on Franklin for Third Time Rod Moran , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 18 April 2008; (p. 7)
Names West Australian authors shortlisted for 2008 Miles Franklin Literary Award.
Unpicking the Universe Louise Swinn , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 189 2007; (p. 82-86)

— Review of Helen Garner and the Meaning of Everything Alex I. Jones , 2006 single work novel ; National Treasure Michael Wilding , 2007 single work novel ; The Widow and Her Hero Thomas Keneally , 2007 single work novel ; Long Afternoon of the World Graeme Kinross-Smith , 2007 single work novel ; The American Brother Manfred Jurgensen , 2007 single work novel ; Love Without Hope Rodney Hall , 2007 single work novel ; Company : A Novel Max Barry , 2006 single work novel ; The End of the World Paddy O'Reilly , 2007 selected work short story ; Dodging the Bull : Stories Paul Mitchell , 2007 selected work short story ; Rohypnol Andrew Hutchinson , 2006 single work novel ; Feather Man Rhyll McMaster , 2007 single work novel ; Omar and Enzo in the Big Talking Book Colin Batrouney , 2007 single work novel ; Confessions and Memoirs : National Anthology of New Australian Writing 2006 anthology short story extract autobiography
The Year's Work in Fiction Anthony J. Hassall , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 52 no. 2007; (p. 187-199)

— Review of The Best Australian Stories 2006 2006 anthology short story extract ; Love Without Hope Rodney Hall , 2007 single work novel ; India Vik Liz Gallois , 2006 selected work short story ; Glass Adriana Moya Ellis , 2006 selected work short story ; The Unknown Terrorist Richard Flanagan , 2006 single work novel ; The Unexpected Elements of Love Kate Legge , 2006 single work novel ; Nights in the Asylum Carol Lefevre , 2007 single work novel ; The American Brother Manfred Jurgensen , 2007 single work novel ; Sorry Gail Jones , 2007 single work novel ; Swallow the Air Tara June Winch , 2003 selected work short story ; The Gospel of Gods and Crocodiles Elizabeth Stead , 2007 single work novel ; Careless Deborah Robertson , 2006 single work novel ; Feather Man Rhyll McMaster , 2007 single work novel ; Carpentaria Alexis Wright , 2006 single work novel
Master of Lunacy Rosemary Sorensen , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February no. 288 2007; (p. 30-31)

— Review of Love Without Hope Rodney Hall , 2007 single work novel
Seer in the Asylum Katharine England , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 February 2007; (p. 10)

— Review of Love Without Hope Rodney Hall , 2007 single work novel
A Keen Eye for the Mortal Storm A. P. Riemer , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 February 2007; (p. 32-33)

— Review of Love Without Hope Rodney Hall , 2007 single work novel
Nightmare behind the Ordinary Liam Davison , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 17-18 February 2007; (p. 12-13)

— Review of Love Without Hope Rodney Hall , 2007 single work novel
Mad, Bad and Dangerous James Bradley , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 February 2007; (p. 25)

— Review of Love Without Hope Rodney Hall , 2007 single work novel
Unchained Melody Angela Bennie , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3-4 February 2007; (p. 30-31)
WA Writer Has Eyes on Franklin for Third Time Rod Moran , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 18 April 2008; (p. 7)
Names West Australian authors shortlisted for 2008 Miles Franklin Literary Award.
Prize Writers Jane Sullivan , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 14 June 2008; (p. 28-29)
'Jane Sullivan assesses the field in Australia's most significant literary award.' (Editor's abstract)
Last amended 3 Nov 2008 12:10:35
Settings:
  • New South Wales,
  • Country towns,
  • 1982
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