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'At the age of fifteen Madeleine saw herself as a painter and pianist, but Ms Medway peered down at Madeleine during her entrance interview in 1957 and announced: 'You know dear, I think you might write.'

Madeleine would write. But not for some time. The Women in Black, a sparkling gem that belied the difficulties that had dogged her own life, was published when Madeleine St John was in her fifties. Her third novel, The Essence of the Thing, was shortlisted for the 1997 Booker Prize, and she continued to write until her death in 2006.

Helen Trinca has captured the troubled life of Madeleine St John in this moving account of a remarkable writer. After the death of her mother when Madeleine was just twelve, she struggled to find her place in the world. Estranging herself from her family, and from Australia, she lived for a time in the US before moving to London where Robert Hughes, Germaine Greer, Bruce Beresford, Barry Humphries and Clive James were making their mark. In 1993, when The Women in Black was published, it became clear what a marvellous writer Madeleine St John was.

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    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2013 .
      Extent: 288p.
      Reprinted: 2018
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 20/03/2013
      ISBN: 9781921922848

Works about this Work

Review : Madeleine : A Life of Madeleine St John Susan Sheridan , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Reviews in Australian Studies , vol. 8 no. 1 2014;

— Review of Madeleine : A Life of Madeleine St. John Helen Trinca , 2013 single work biography
Tortured Genius Anne Chisholm , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Spectator , 18 January 2014; (p. 35)

— Review of Madeleine : A Life of Madeleine St. John Helen Trinca , 2013 single work biography
Well Read Penelope Debelle , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 6 April 2013; (p. 26)

— Review of Madeleine : A Life of Madeleine St. John Helen Trinca , 2013 single work biography
Keeping the Darkness at Bay Lucy Sussex , 2013- single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , April 2013;

— Review of Madeleine : A Life of Madeleine St. John Helen Trinca , 2013 single work biography
Shadow of Sadness Veronica Sen , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 20 April 2013; (p. 21)

— Review of Madeleine : A Life of Madeleine St. John Helen Trinca , 2013 single work biography
The Essence of the Thing Delia Falconer , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 30 March 2013; (p. 18)

— Review of Madeleine : A Life of Madeleine St. John Helen Trinca , 2013 single work biography
Untitled Catherine Ford , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , April no. 88 2013; (p. 56)

— Review of Madeleine : A Life of Madeleine St. John Helen Trinca , 2013 single work biography
Portrait of a Troubled Lady Michelle De Kretser , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20-21 April 2013; (p. 30-31) The Age , 20 April 2013; (p. 24)

— Review of Madeleine : A Life of Madeleine St. John Helen Trinca , 2013 single work biography
Shadow of Sadness Veronica Sen , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 20 April 2013; (p. 21)

— Review of Madeleine : A Life of Madeleine St. John Helen Trinca , 2013 single work biography
Keeping the Darkness at Bay Lucy Sussex , 2013- single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , April 2013;

— Review of Madeleine : A Life of Madeleine St. John Helen Trinca , 2013 single work biography
The People's Nib Susan Wyndham , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 September 2013; (p. 29)
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