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'In Thoroughly Decent People, Tomasetti records the life of a working-class family in the Depression and conveys the whole story to us in the language of those times. Bert and Lizzie are an elderly couple, alone in their weatherboard house since their children left home to start families of their own. All change is a threat to Bert's grip on reality and, more importantly to him, to his patriarchal posture. Lizzie, in comparison, adopts innovations useful to her and manages life as best she can under his constant surveillance. As the book proceeds, it becomes clear that Lizzie's marriage is an imprisonment - an image of marriage that has haunted women writers since Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper, ..' Margaret Smith 'Australian Women Novelists of the 1970s: A Survey', in Gender, Politics and Fiction : Twentieth Century Australian Women's Novels ed. Carole Ferrier (1985): 208.

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    • Jolimont, East Melbourne - Richmond area, Melbourne, Victoria,: McPhee Gribble , 1976 .
      Extent: 164p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 0869140019
    • West Melbourne, Melbourne - West, Melbourne, Victoria,: Nelson ; McPhee Gribble , 1977 .
      Alternative title: Thoroughly Decent People : An Australian Folktale
      Extent: 164p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 0170052095

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Works about this Work

`Don't Be Too Polite, Girls' : An Interview with Glen Tomasetti Lauren Williams (interviewer), 1992 single work interview biography
— Appears in: The Small Press Times 1992; (p. 3)
[Review] Thoroughly Decent People : A Folktale Jamie Grant , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 254)

— Review of Thoroughly Decent People : A Folktale Glen Tomasetti , 1976 single work novel
[Review] Thoroughly Decent People : A Folktale Peter Corris , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 254)

— Review of Thoroughly Decent People : A Folktale Glen Tomasetti , 1976 single work novel
Australian Woman Novelists of the 1970s: A Survey Margaret Smith , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Gender, Politics and Fiction : Twentieth Century Australian Women's Novels 1985; (p. 200-221)
Woman of Letters Anne Chisholm (interviewer), 1982 single work biography interview
— Appears in: The National Times , 21-27 March 1982; (p. 34)
Worlds of Their Own : Preoccupations in Recent Fiction Peter Pierce , 1978 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 37 no. 1 1978; (p. 61-70)

— Review of Swords and Crowns and Rings Ruth Park , 1977 single work novel ; Thoroughly Decent People : A Folktale Glen Tomasetti , 1976 single work novel ; Walking Through Tigerland : Stories Barry Oakley , 1977 selected work short story ; Death of the Early Morning Hero Gary Langford , 1976 single work novel ; The Second Chair Don Aitkin , 1977 single work novel ; It Chris Aulich , 1977 single work novel ; The Paper Castle Robert Macklin , 1977 single work novel
Three Novels Patsy Adam-Smith , 1977 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , no. 67 1977; (p. 79-80)

— Review of The Last Enemy Hugh Mason , 1976 single work novel ; Thoroughly Decent People : A Folktale Glen Tomasetti , 1976 single work novel
[Review] Thoroughly Decent People : A Folktale Kathryn Purnell , 1977 single work review
— Appears in: Luna , vol. 2 no. 1 1977; (p. 43-44)

— Review of Thoroughly Decent People : A Folktale Glen Tomasetti , 1976 single work novel
The Thirties John Maddocks , 1978 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , May vol. 22 no. 5 1978; (p. 79)

— Review of Thoroughly Decent People : A Folktale Glen Tomasetti , 1976 single work novel ; The Pomegranate Tree Colleen Klein , 1977 single work novel
[Review] Thoroughly Decent People : A Folktale Peter Corris , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 254)

— Review of Thoroughly Decent People : A Folktale Glen Tomasetti , 1976 single work novel
Australian Woman Novelists of the 1970s: A Survey Margaret Smith , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Gender, Politics and Fiction : Twentieth Century Australian Women's Novels 1985; (p. 200-221)
Woman of Letters Anne Chisholm (interviewer), 1982 single work biography interview
— Appears in: The National Times , 21-27 March 1982; (p. 34)
`Don't Be Too Polite, Girls' : An Interview with Glen Tomasetti Lauren Williams (interviewer), 1992 single work interview biography
— Appears in: The Small Press Times 1992; (p. 3)
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