Helen Hodgman, 1945 in Schottland geboren, zog als Jugendliche mit ihrer Familie nach Tasmanien. 1976 veröffentlichte sie ihren ersten Roman, der von der Kritik begeistert aufgenommen wurde. Mit ihrem zweiten Roman gewann sie 1978 den Somerset Maugham Award, mit ihrem dritten den Christina Stead Prize. 1983 erkrankte Helen Hodgman an Morbus Parkinson. Sie lebt heute, nach längeren Aufenthalten in England und Kanada, wieder in Australien.
This edition includes an introduction by the acclaimed Tasmanian author Danielle Wood.
The clock always said three in the afternoon, no matter what you did to it...No matter what you tried, the day ran out then, and there was nothing left to fill it with.
Helen Hodgman is the author of the novels Blue Skies (1976), Jack and Jill (1978; winner of the Somerset Maugham Award), Broken Words (1988; winner of the Christina Stead Prize), Passing Remarks (1996), Waiting for Matindi (1998) and The Bad Policeman (2001).
‘Singularly searing and merciless prose.’ Sunday Age
‘As fresh, punchy and relevant now as it was on its [first] release...A compelling vision.’ Australian
‘Scarily unforgettable.’ Peter Conrad
‘Strange and memorable.’ Eva Hornung
‘The very essence of Tasmanian gothic.’ Carmel Bird
‘Sensuous...Prickly as a sea urchin.’ Nicholas Shakespeare
‘A convincing study of a woman slowly losing her mind.’ Sunday Herald
‘Elegantly written, atmospheric.’ Brenda Niall, Australian Book Review
‘Has a masterpiece’s power to thrill and discomfort.’ Sunday Tasmanian
‘Stylistically assured...Daring and persuasive in its depiction of a controlled and vengeful anguish.’ Peter Pierce, Sydney Morning Herald
A young wife and mother watches a clock that seems forever stuck at three-in-the-afternoon. Her neighbour obsesses over the front lawn, and the women at the local beach chatter about knitting patterns. Her husband didn't come home last night.
She lives for Tuesdays and Thursdays, when the baby is with Mother-in-law and she can escape to a less humdrum life. Jonathan, man about town, is Tuesday. Ben, a freethinking artist, is Thursday.
But Jonathan is in serious trouble, and Thursdays are turning sour. Very sour.
A brilliant, acerbic tale of a crack-up in stultifying suburbia, Blue Skies marked the emergence of a unique voice in Australian fiction.
'A joy to read.' The Times
Until Jack arrives at their door one evening, and steps inside to find the skinny, wild-looking child sitting with her grim-faced father. It’s the start of all Jill's problems.
'Absence makes the heart grow fonder,' threatens Jack, as he marches off to war. And he's right, in a way - but this is no ordinary romance.
Spanning the period from the Depression to the freewheeling '60s, Helen Hodgman's second novel, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, is a masterpiece, a twisted fairytale told with her characteristic dark wit.
'What a boon to Australian writing Helen Hodgman is - the playful, brooding ice sculptor of human weirdness.' Craig Sherborne