James Mcnamara

The Australian literary icon who fooled her family

A review of <em>The House of Fiction: Leonard, Susan and Elizabeth Jolley: A Memoir</em>, by Susan Swingler, ‘a story of sex, love, family secrets and deception’

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There aren’t many places you can get shouty about Proust without losing your job. The Lane Bookshop in Perth, Western Australia, is one of them. As an undergraduate, I’d pitch up there for work on Saturday mornings with as much song in the heart as a hangover allowed. Because for me the Lane wasn’t just a shop, it was a salon.

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