Although she did not publish a novel until she was 57, Elizabeth Jolley, who has died aged 83, quickly established herself as a laureate of the dotty. Her score of bizarrely populated novels meet Australia head on.
This owed much to her growing up elsewhere, in Birmingham, England.
-Christopher Hawtree, The Guardian, 6 March 2007
As a novelist...I need an intruder to distort a relationship.
-visiting novelist to Hester in The Well by Elizabeth Jolley, p. 210