Waiting for Matindi

Helen Hodgman
AUD $24.99
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Helen Hodgman's fifth book is a beautifully drawn domestic comedy and drama in which everyone, aged from ten to sixty, is planning what they will do when they 'grow up'.

What the critics have said about Helen Hodgman:

'Owing nothing to other Australian novelists yet at the same time distinctively Australian. There's formidable talent here.' SUNDAY TIMES

'Hodgman is quite an experience, quite a writer.' GUARDIAN

'.more than passing funny.' RITA MAE BROWN

'.gives much more satisfying entertainment than Neighbours ever could.' 7 DAYS COMMUNIST PARTY WEEKLY

'Helen Hodgman's subversive sense of humour had me reaching for my pencil to mark the funny bits.' AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW

'.scenes that might have been shot by Fellini hiding in the bushes.' AMERICAN PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

'Matindi bounced about, a cartoon figure forever assaulted, having her things stolen, her nose broken, being set light to. How slight this Matindi is, how obstinate, shut off and mysterious, resisting my intention to invent her by making her part of my story at the expense of her own.'

As the narrator struggles to make sense of her own life and the lives of those around her it is Matindi's elusive story which affects her most profoundly, leaving her to question her own place in the world. Funny, poetic and powerful the interwoven tales that make up Waiting for Matindi bob like sailing boats on an ever-changing sea.

Author bio:

Helen Hodgman was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1945 and lived in Colchester, Essex, until 1958 when her family was sponsored by their local Rotary Club to be shipped off to Tasmania as part of the 'Bring Out a Briton' campaign. As an adult she returned to England, lived in London for ten years and worked at a variety of jobs, including bookmaker's clerk and domestic cleaner in order to help suport her daughter, herself and her writing. Eventually, having realised that in her youth she simply hadn't know when she was well off, she came back to Australia and settled on the mainland. Helen has had four previous novels published and is also the author of several screenplays for both television and film and the recipient of many prestigious scholarships and grants.

Category: Fiction
ISBN: 9781864488098
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: September 1998
Page Extent: 204
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Fiction & related items


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