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'A beguiling and utterly original debut novel about two women born centuries apart but joined by the spirit of adventure and a quest for true love.

Catherine is a hula-hooping performance artist, a talented and independent individual plying her trade on the international burlesque stage. Each year she tours the European festival circuit, delighting her audiences and honing her skills. But behind the glittering and bohemian facade, Catherine knows that security is hard won and that true love is elusive. As she nears the middle of her life - admired but impoverished - she begins to question the nature of her vocation and the sacrifices women must make in order to succeed.

Columbina meanwhile is a feisty female clown and a principal in a 16th-century Italian commedia dell'arte troupe. Commissioned to perform for the King of France, the troupe makes their way across a Europe held back by centuries of inequality and rocked by religious wars. As they near the city of Lyon, they are attacked by hooligans, only to be rescued by a group of marauding Huguenots with their own agenda... Using all their ingenuity, the troupe must hatch a daring escape plan if they have any hope of survival, let alone reaching France.

As Catherine and Columbina struggle to make sense of an increasingly nonsensical world - and to assert their rights as performers and women during times of profound change - their lives, as if by magic, seem to interact.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Dedication: To everyone who ever put money in my hat.
  • Epigraph: Metaxis: the state of belonging completely and simultaneously to two different, autonomous worlds: the image of reality and the reality of the image. Augusto Boal

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The Year's Work in Fiction: 2009-2010 Elizabeth Webby , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 55 no. 1 2010; (p. 119-139)

— Review of Fear Factor : Terror Incognito 2009 anthology short story extract ; A True History of the Hula Hoop Judith Lanigan , 2009 single work novel ; The World Beneath Cate Kennedy , 2009 single work novel ; The Paperbark Shoe Goldie Goldbloom , 2009 single work novel ; Swimming : A Novel Enza Gandolfo , 2004 single work novel ; The Bath Fugues Brian Castro , 2009 selected work novella ; The Lost Life Steven Carroll , 2009 single work novel ; Rainforest Narratives : The Work of Janette Turner Hospital David Callahan , 2009 single work criticism ; Brian Castro's Fiction : The Seductive Play of Language Bernadette Brennan , 2008 multi chapter work criticism ; Legacy Larissa Behrendt , 2009 single work novel ; The Nature of Ice Robyn Mundy , 2009 single work novel ; Lovesong Alex Miller , 2009 single work novel ; Wonders of a Godless World Andrew McGahan , 2009 single work novel ; Smoke in the Room Emily Maguire , 2009 single work novel ; The Australian Long Story 2009 anthology short story prose novella autobiography ; Every Secret Thing Marie Munkara , 2008 selected work short story ; Arrhythmia : Stories of Desire Richard Rossiter , 2009 selected work short story ; The China Garden Kristina Olsson , 2009 single work novel ; Barley Patch Gerald Murnane , 2009 single work novel ; Tom Hurstbourne, or, A Squatter's Life John Clavering Wood , 2010 single work novel ; Truth Peter Temple , 2009 single work novel ; The Window Seat and Other Stories Archie Weller , 2009 selected work short story ; Headlong : A Novel Susan Varga , 2009 single work novel ; The Legacy Kirsten Tranter , 2010 single work novel
Hula Hoop Artist Spins a Fine Yarn Emma Young , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26-27 September 2009; (p. 29)

— Review of A True History of the Hula Hoop Judith Lanigan , 2009 single work novel
Off the Shelf : Fiction Dianne Dempsey , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 12 September 2009; (p. 28)

— Review of A True History of the Hula Hoop Judith Lanigan , 2009 single work novel
'Walking Is the Problem. Luckily Hula-Hooping Is Fine' Lenny Ann Low , 2009 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5-6 September 2009; (p. 4-5)
Off the Shelf : Fiction Dianne Dempsey , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 12 September 2009; (p. 28)

— Review of A True History of the Hula Hoop Judith Lanigan , 2009 single work novel
Hula Hoop Artist Spins a Fine Yarn Emma Young , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26-27 September 2009; (p. 29)

— Review of A True History of the Hula Hoop Judith Lanigan , 2009 single work novel
The Year's Work in Fiction: 2009-2010 Elizabeth Webby , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 55 no. 1 2010; (p. 119-139)

— Review of Fear Factor : Terror Incognito 2009 anthology short story extract ; A True History of the Hula Hoop Judith Lanigan , 2009 single work novel ; The World Beneath Cate Kennedy , 2009 single work novel ; The Paperbark Shoe Goldie Goldbloom , 2009 single work novel ; Swimming : A Novel Enza Gandolfo , 2004 single work novel ; The Bath Fugues Brian Castro , 2009 selected work novella ; The Lost Life Steven Carroll , 2009 single work novel ; Rainforest Narratives : The Work of Janette Turner Hospital David Callahan , 2009 single work criticism ; Brian Castro's Fiction : The Seductive Play of Language Bernadette Brennan , 2008 multi chapter work criticism ; Legacy Larissa Behrendt , 2009 single work novel ; The Nature of Ice Robyn Mundy , 2009 single work novel ; Lovesong Alex Miller , 2009 single work novel ; Wonders of a Godless World Andrew McGahan , 2009 single work novel ; Smoke in the Room Emily Maguire , 2009 single work novel ; The Australian Long Story 2009 anthology short story prose novella autobiography ; Every Secret Thing Marie Munkara , 2008 selected work short story ; Arrhythmia : Stories of Desire Richard Rossiter , 2009 selected work short story ; The China Garden Kristina Olsson , 2009 single work novel ; Barley Patch Gerald Murnane , 2009 single work novel ; Tom Hurstbourne, or, A Squatter's Life John Clavering Wood , 2010 single work novel ; Truth Peter Temple , 2009 single work novel ; The Window Seat and Other Stories Archie Weller , 2009 selected work short story ; Headlong : A Novel Susan Varga , 2009 single work novel ; The Legacy Kirsten Tranter , 2010 single work novel
'Walking Is the Problem. Luckily Hula-Hooping Is Fine' Lenny Ann Low , 2009 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5-6 September 2009; (p. 4-5)
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