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Bookshop on Jacaranda Street, The

Written by Marlish Glorie


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It’s never too late to run away from home!

Helen burns her bed and her bridges when she leaves home to run a second hand bookshop. But can you ever really discard the past? For starters there are thousands of musty books to sort through. Then her sons return home with more baggage than a Qantas 747 and on top of all that the drunk who sold her the bookshop is determined to muscle his way back into the business.

Helen desperately wants life to be a literary novel but it’s looking more and more like a pile of pulp fiction. As quirky characters browse the shelves of her bookshop, Helen fights for the right to choose a future that is not yet written.


’Glorie’s style is well paced in a good, interwoven story with a few surprises.’ Adelaide Advertiser

Jacaranda Street has a touch of Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet in the way happiness grows out of the oddest, darkest places. A lovely read.’  Herald Sun

‘Marlish Glorie has crafted this blackly funny, poignant and sharply telling story while working from a cell in Fremantle Prison. In a fresh and distinctive voice, Marlish has crafted a story about a woman’s quest to retrieve her life from under the piles of junk her husband obsessively collects.’ Scoop Magazine

ISBN 9781921361449 (Paperback)
Formats C Format (234 x 153mm) (Paperback)
Categories Fiction
Book Club Reads
Pages 290
Publication Year 2009
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • Marlish glorie

    Marlish Glorie

    Marlish Glorie was born in Western Australian and has juggled a number of occupations throughout her life. She has worked as a nurse, environmentalist, art dealer and all round handy woman. Since the publication of The Bookshop on Jacaranda Street she has had a second novel published – Sea Dog Hotel. Marlish Glorie is married to Western Australian artist Lindsay Pow. They have two children and live in Palmyra. Read more