Fetish Lives

Written by Gail Jones


Saints and dancers, writers and flim stars, Elvis, Madame Tussaud and Mata Hari: just some of the lives explored in these unusual and arresting stories. With imaginative verve, Gail Jones weaves fact and speculation to reveal the ‘fetish’ aspects in the lives of people, both famous and ordinary.

‘Jones provocatively and sensitively surveys a cast of artists, and some less famous readers and impersonators, to review the relationship between art and their lives. Fleshing out scant evidence, illuminating interstices in the records, and imagining what cannot be known, the writer engages the reader in an elegantly controlled and intriguing speculative process.’ Australian Book Review

‘A collection of elegant and thoughtful short stories – like opening presents that have been exquisitely crafted and wrapped.’ Sydney Morning Herald


Western Australian Premier’s Book Award (Winner 1998)
Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award (Shortlisted 1998)

ISBN 9781863681797 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (205 x 138mm) (Paperback)
Categories Short Stories & Anthologies
Award Winning
Pages 184
Publication Year 1997
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Gail Jones

    Gail Jones lives in Sydney. She has written short stories and novels and has been shortlisted for major national and international awards such as the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Award. Read more