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Issue Details: First known date: 2011... 2011 A Cat's Life
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'If you were a bookwork as a child, your memories are measured not only in family or school or public events, but in stories you read. You remember vividly the smell, the touch, the sight of certain books. You clearly remember picking them up from the shelf - an ordinary act - and thenthe extraordinary happening as you open the book and fall straight into another world. The pure pleasure of it, the immediate liberation. For me, who loved fairytales and fantasy, who longed to go through looking-glass, the wardrobe, stepping through the borders into another world, where anything might happen, it was also a blessed escape from the confusing, disturbing and tumultuous family dramas that dominated my childhood. In those stories of another worlds, I found pleasure and consolation, transformation and possibility. And I found my own calling as a writer.' (Author's introduction, 198)

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    y separately published work icon Life, Literature, Legends : Collected Essays 1996-2011 Sophie Masson , Sydney : Quadrant Books , 2011 Z1853824 2011 selected work essay 'Written over a period of fifteen years, the essays in this collection showcase the adult non-fiction work of Sophie Masson, an author mostly for her novels for young people. A warmly human mosaic of stories, a sharp eye for nature, an eclectic love of literature, a clarity of expression, a deep immersion in myth and legend and a taste for the curious, unexpected and strange: these are some of the characteristics of the essays. Ranging freely over time, place, and themes as diverse as Melbourne ganglands, tyrants and sorcery, Russian history, French country life, children's books and the nature of faith, they offer imaginative and intriguing glimpses into worlds mostly out of the mainstream.' (Publisher's blurb)
    Sydney : Quadrant Books , 2011
    pg. 198-203
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