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Purple Prose

Written by Rachel Robertson and Liz Byrski


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Purple Prose introduces fifteen new works of non-fiction by Australian women writers, each responding to the colour purple. In their hands, purple takes on many meanings. From a story about King George’s coronation gown to pigeon fanciers and the Dockers’ Purple Haze, this is a book for women readers everywhere.

Purple Prose features new works by Amanda Curtin, Lily Chan, Hanifa Deen, Sarah Drummond, Lucy Dougan, Tracy Farr, Deborah Hunn, Natasha Lester, Toni Jordan, Anne Manne, Rosemary Stevens, Annamaria Weldon and Jacqueline Wright.

'The writers use the titular colour as their organising motif but the result is kaleidoscopic ... Each story is keenly self-aware, reflecting on what it means to fictionalise experience, to turn life into a narrative for others to read ... In the manner of conversation, each author takes the reader into her confidence, communicating the private, the personal, and the previously unspoken (or unspeakable).' Limina Journal

'I can thoroughly recommend this book for reading, reflection and relaxation.' Starts at 60

'Purple Prose is a masterclass in theme and variations.' The West Australian

'Stories are written along the lines of many different themes and issues, but a collaborative book focusing on a specific colour is rare.' Cockburn Gazette

ISBN 9781925163094 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (208 x 140mm) (Paperback)
Categories Autobiography, Biography & Memoir
Short Stories & Anthologies
Book Club Reads
Mother's Day 2021
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2015
Pages 204
Rights World
  • Liz byrski

    Liz Byrski

    Liz Byrski is the author of 10 novels, including A Month of Sundays and The Woman Next Door. She has also written 12 non-fiction titles including In Love and War: Nursing Heroes, Getting On: Some Thoughts on Women and Ageing, and Remember Me. Liz is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Curtin University, and has worked as a freelance journalist, and as a broadcaster with ABC radio. Read more

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    Rachel Robertson

    Rachel Robertson lectures in professional writing and publishing at Curtin University. Her fiction and essays have been published in The Best Australian Essays, Australian Book Review, Griffith Review and Island. Her essay ‘Reaching One Thousand’ was joint winner of the 2008 Calibre Prize. Read more