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Sunscreen and Lipstick

Introduction by Liz Byrski and written by Hazel Brown, Goldie Goldbloom, T.A.G. Hungerford, Elizabeth Jolley (b.1923 d.2007), Simone Lazaroo, Natasha Lester, Sally Morgan, Alice Nelson, Glyn Parry, Deborah Robertson, and Kim Scott


This book is all about women. From the mad excitement of first love to the grief of losing a parent, this is a summer collection about mums, daughters, wives and girlfriends from some of Australia’s best-loved writers.

Just in time for Christmas and summer holidays, this is the perfect book to throw into your beachbag for a day on the sand or to slip into your handbag for a trip to the coffee shop.

‘I wish you the same goosebumps of recognition, the joy of validated experience and the sheer pleasure that I enjoyed in reading Sunscreen and Lipstick.’ Liz Byrski

‘The perfect holiday book, this beautiful, thoughtful collection of stories is by women about women; mothers, daughters, wives and lovers.’ Subiaco Post

ISBN 9781922089113 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Gift Ideas
Short Stories & Anthologies
Indigenous Writing
Book Club Reads
Pages 176
Publication Year 2012
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • Hazel brown

    Hazel Brown

    Hazel Brown is the senior elder of a large, extended family. She has worked as a rural labourer, was a member for WA’s first metropolitan Commission of Elders, and is a registered native title claimant. Read more

  • Liz byrski

    Liz Byrski

    Liz Byrski is a writer, journalist and broadcaster based in Perth, Western Australia. She has published many works of fiction and non-fiction. Read more

  • Goldie web

    Goldie Goldbloom

    Goldie Goldbloom is the author of The Paperbark Shoe – winner of the AWP Novel Award and many other prizes, as well as a collection of short stories, You Lose These. Her work has been selected for the Best Australian Short Stories, and has been published in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, and Narrative. Hunger Mountain awarded her their Nonfiction prize (2014). She teaches at the University of Chicago and at Northwestern University ever since being named as their Simon Blattner Fellow. She is the recipient of a NEA Fellowship, a Brown Foundation-Dora Maar House Fellowship, a Jerusalem Post Prize, and a Rona Jaffe Fellowship. She is a founding board member of Eshel, an advocacy organization for LGBTQ minorities and a mother of eight. Read more

  • Hungerford t a g web pic

    T.A.G. Hungerford

    Thomas Arthur Guy Hungerford was born in 1915 and grew up in South Perth. He served as a soldier in World War II before travelling to Japan with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force after the war. In 1948 he moved to Canberra, where he worked for the Australian War Memorial and began to write. In 1988 the T.A.G. Hungerford Award for unpublished Australian writers was created in his name. He died in 2011. Read more

  • Elizabeth jolley

    Elizabeth Jolley (b.1923 d.2007)

    Elizabeth Jolley was born in the industrial Midlands of England and came to Western Australia in 1959 with her husband. She published twenty-three books, including novels, short fiction, poetry, non-fiction and plays. Celebrated as one of Australia’s major writers, she also established a formidable international reputation, with her books being widely published throughout the world. She received an Order of Australia for services to Australian literature and was awarded honorary doctorates from four universities. Read more

  • Simone lazaroo

    Simone Lazaroo

    Born in Singapore in 1961, Dr Simone Lazaroo moved to Western Australia with her family at a young age. She has won both national and international awards for her novels and been a guest speaker for various literary festivals and community events. Simone supports her literary career by teaching creative writing at Murdoch University. Her book The World Waiting to be Made has been translated into French and Mandarin. Read more

  • Lester natasha

    Natasha Lester

    Natasha Lester is the award-winning author of If I Should Lose You and What is Left Over, After. The Age newspaper has described her as a 'remarkable Australian talent'. Natasha’s short stories have appeared in collections such as Australian Love Stories and The Kid on the Karaoke Stage and she has been awarded fellowships at Varuna, The Writers’ Centre and grants by the Australia Council for her writing. As well as writing books, Natasha also teaches creative writing for the Australian Writers’ Centre and loves dressing up as pirates and princesses with her three children. Read more

  • Morgan sally

    Sally Morgan

    Sally Morgan was born in Perth, in 1951. She has published books for both adults and children, including her acclaimed autobiography, My Place. She has also established a national reputation as an artist and has works in many private and public collections. Read more

  • Alice nelson

    Alice Nelson

    Alice Nelson is an Australian writer. Her first novel, The Last Sky, was shortlisted for The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award, won the T.A.G. Hungerford Award and was shortlisted for the Australian Society of Authors’ Barbara Jefferis Award. She was named Best Young Australian Novelist of 2009 in the Sydney Morning Herald’s national awards program. Alice works as a freelance journalist and teaches creative writing. Read more

  • Glyn parry

    Glyn Parry

    Glyn Parry was born in the north-east of England. For some years he taught high school English and was a teacher-librarian. Glyn has been a ministerial appointment to the State Library Board of WA, the National Advisory Council of the ABC, and the Literature Board of the Australia Council. He is a keenly sought public speaker. Read more

  • Deborah robertson

    Deborah Robertson

    Deborah Robertson was born in Bridgetown, Western Australia, in 1959. She studied at Curtin University, and began teaching in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Murdoch University. Read more

  • Kim scott

    Kim Scott

    Kim Scott is a descendant of people living along the south coast of Western Australia prior to colonisation, and is proud to be one among those who call themselves Noongar.  He began writing for publication when he became a teacher of English. He is currently based at Curtin University in Western Australia as Professor of Writing, in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts. Read more