Madeleine St John is the author of A Pure Clear Light, The Essence of the Thing (which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize), and Stairway to Paradise.
'Funny, affectionate, moving and written with a light, comic touch.' -- Monica McInerney Australian Women's Weekly 'A delicious book. Funny and happy, it's like the breath of youth again.' Jane Gardam 'Seductive, hilarious, brilliantly observed, this novel shimmers with wit and tenderness.' Helen Garner 'A major minor masterpiece, a witty and poignant snapshot of Sydney the year before yesterday.' Barry Humphries 'St. John casts an airy spell with the deftness of her prose, which moves gracefully, swiftly and with perfect manners.' -- Delia Falconer Australian 'This glorious, witty snapshot of Australia in the 1950s...it really is a gem in the rough...This is no nostalgia piece for a lost way of life, but a clever, funny argument for why things had to change.' Sunday Times 'Wickedly humorous yet tender...Full of old fashioned elegance and witty humour. I loved every page.' Style Magazine