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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 Indelible Ink
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'Marie King is a 59-year-old divorcée from Sydney's affluent north shore. Having devoted her rather conventional life to looking after her husband and three children - who have now all departed the family home - she is experiencing something of an identity crisis, especially as she must now sell the family home and thus lose her beloved garden. On a folly she gets a tattoo.

'Marie forges a friendship with her tattoo artist, Rhys, who introduces her to an alternative side of Sydney. Through their burgeoning connection, Marie's two worlds collide causing great friction within Marie's family and with her circle of rich friends.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Dedication: In memory of my mother, Gwenda
  • Epigraph:

    Thou shalt not make any cuttings in thy flesh on account of the dead or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the Lord. - Leviticus 19:28

    Please Doctor, I feel pain. Not here. No, not here. Even I don't know. -Czeslaw Milosz, 'I Sleep A Lot'

  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Carlton North, Parkville - Carlton area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Scribe , 2010 .
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      Extent: 452p.
      ISBN: 9781921215964 (pbk.)
    • Brunswick, Brunswick - Coburg area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Scribe , 2013 .
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      Extent: 464p.
      Edition info: 3rd edition
      Note/s:
      • Published: October 2013
      ISBN: 9781922070623 (paperback)

Works about this Work

Made in Suburbia : Intra-suburban Narratives in Contemporary Australian Women’s Fiction Belinda Burns , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Claiming Space for Australian Women's Writing 2017; (p. 163-179)

'Within twentieth-century Australian fiction, suburbia has long been trivialised, satirised, or ignored as a site incompatible with a narrative of transformation, a location from which to flee. However, little critical attention has been directed on contemporary realist tales of the female protagonist located within the confines of suburbia—an increasingly contested yet arguably still feminine/feminised zone. This chapter examines contemporary representations and narrative trajectories of the suburban female protagonist in twenty-first-century fiction. Drawing on “postfeminist” literary theory and emerging reappraisals of the “everyday” and “home”, the chapter presents evidence of intra-suburban narratives of feminine transformation, which contradict second-wave feminist flight trajectories, thereby reclaiming and elevating fictional suburbia as a critical space in which Australian women writers may locate their stories.'

Source: Abstract.

Mother to Other: Feminine Becoming in Fiona McGregor’s Indelible Ink Belinda Burns , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 30 no. 1 2016; (p. 71-85)
'In the tradition of Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary (1857), Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House (1879), and Kate Chopin's The Awakening (1899), feminine desire for self-transformation, or "becoming," features as a recurrent theme across several twenty-first-century "suburbia" novels by Generation X Australian women writers. Joanna Murray-Smith's Sunnyside (2005), Georgia Blain's Too Close to Home (2011), Peggy Frew's House of Sticks (2011), and Anita Heiss's Tiddas (2014) all share the character of a "suburban mother" desperate for some kind of metamorphosis—or, as one of the characters in Sunnyside quips, "a radical shift in her life map" (Murray-Smith 305). Although flight from suburbia dominates as a mode of becoming in Australian fiction (McCann 56), these novels explore alternative conduits to feminine reinvention. ' (Introduction)
Toil and Trouble : On the Materiality of Time Ross Chambers , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Studies Review , vol. 20 no. 1 2014; (p. 177-193)
'This article explores the nature of temporality, entropy and negentropy, drawing contemporary fiction by Graham Swift and Fiona McGregor as well as the autobiography of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, to ask questions about history, time and life.' (Publication abstract)
Book Review – Indelible Ink by Fiona McGregor Joanne Peulen , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Booklover Book Reviews 2012;

— Review of Indelible Ink Fiona McGregor , 2010 single work novel
Compelling Tale of Society in Sydney Makes Its mark Jason Steger , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 26 August 2011; (p. 5)
Cheap Tricks by Masters of Illusion Kathy Hunt , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-30 May 2010; (p. 20)

— Review of Houdini's Flight : Sometimes You Need to Disappear to Find Yourself Angelo Loukakis , 2010 single work novel ; Indelible Ink Fiona McGregor , 2010 single work novel
Necessary Wounding Carmel Bird , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 19 June 2010; (p. 21)

— Review of Indelible Ink Fiona McGregor , 2010 single work novel
Review Robyn Doreian , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 19 - 20 June 2010; (p. 30)

— Review of Indelible Ink Fiona McGregor , 2010 single work novel
Untitled Carly Been , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , May/June vol. 89 no. 8 2010; (p. 36)

— Review of Indelible Ink Fiona McGregor , 2010 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 19 June 2010; (p. 26)

— Review of Indelible Ink Fiona McGregor , 2010 single work novel ; Book of Lost Threads Tess Evans , 2010 single work novel
Mutant Fiction : Indelible Ink Fiona McGregor , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Heat , no. 11 (New Series) 2006; (p. 217-228)
Fiona McGregor discusses the writing of her work-in-progress, Indelible Ink.
Fiona McGregor Helen Pitt , 2010 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29-30 May 2010; (p. 30-31) The Age , 5 June 2010; (p. 22-23)
The Picks of the Crop Jo Case , Chris Flynn , Morag Fraser , David McCooey , Maria Tumarkin , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 6 August 2011; (p. 26-27)
The judges of the 2011 Age Book of the Year Awards comment on each of the fifteen shortlisted titles. Morag Fraser and Maria Tumarkin comment on the non-fiction titles, David McCooey on the poetry titles and Jo Case and Chris Flynn on the fiction titles.
Tatt Winning Feeling Matt Buchanan , Scott Ellis , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26 August 2011; (p. 16)
Winning Words Jason Steger , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 27 August 2011; (p. 28-29)
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