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Eye of a Rook

Written by Josephine Taylor

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In 1860s London, Arthur sees his wife, Emily, suddenly struck down by a pain for which she can find no words, forced to endure harmful treatments and reliant on him for guidance. Meanwhile, in contemporary Perth, Alice, a writer, and her older husband, Duncan, find their marriage threatened as Alice investigates the history of hysteria, female sexuality and the treatment of the female body – her own and the bodies of those who came before.

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK

'A masterful exploration of the tangled relationship between body and self; bold and intellectually tough, and intensely lyrical.' Lee Kofman

Eye of a Rook is raw and intelligent, a searing depiction of the secret journey of female bodies.’ Donna Mazza

‘Courageous and enthralling … this compassionate, beautifully written book explores important questions about the forces that make us who we are and who we might wish to become.’ Susan Midalia

'… in drawing on her knowledge and lived experience, Taylor has given voice to both her characters and the under-represented community to which they belong with sensitivity, intelligence and insight.' The Weekend West

'… it is an important and powerful [read] which both showcases the versatility and the insightfulness of its writer.' The AU Review

'A compassionate debut that explores literary history and the relationship between body and self.' Readings

'Eye of a Rook is a well crafted novel that weaves a compelling fictional
narrative into historical and contemporary facts on the treatment of women with chronic pain.' Subiaco Post

'Eye of a Rook centres the voices of women in extreme pain in a compelling, intelligent, lyrical and distinctly feminist narrative.' Writing WA

' a novel that is compelling, well-paced, and engaging from start to finish.' Australian Book Review

'Eye of a Rook brings into sharp focus a hidden condition experienced by too many women, and the difficulties they continue to experience in having the condition correctly diagonised.' Beauty and Lace 

Properties
ISBN 9781925816716 (Paperback)
Formats C Format (234 x 153mm) (Paperback)
Categories New Releases
Fiction
ebooks
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2021
Pages 232
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    Josephine Taylor

    Josephine Taylor is a writer and freelance editor who lives on the coast north of Perth, Western Australia. She is Associate Editor at Westerly Magazine and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Writing at Edith Cowan University. Josephine teaches, facilitates and judges in literary fiction and creative non-fiction. Her personal essays and fiction have been anthologised, and published in journals including Axon, M/C Journal, Outskirts, Southerly, TEXT and Westerly. Her debut novel is Eye of a Rook. Read more