The Women In Black
Madeleine St John
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Recommended by Gayle:
‘A sweet and tender Christmas novel, that’s not just for Christmas. The Women in Black by Madeleine St. John follows the employees of the Ladies’ Cocktail Frocks section of an upmarket department store as they prepare for the Christmas rush in the sweltering heat of a Sydney summer. To my northern hemisphere eyes at least, it’s a novel for all seasons.’
From the publisher
' A pocket masterpiece. A jewel' Hilary Mantel
On the second floor of the famous F. G. Goode department store, in Ladies' Cocktail Frocks, the women in black are girding themselves for the Christmas rush. Among the staff are Patty Williams with her wayward husband Frank, the sweet but unlucky Fay, faithful Mrs Jacob of the measuring tape, and Lisa, the new Sales Assistant (Temporary), who is waiting for the results of her Leaving Certificate. Across the floor and beyond the arch, Lisa will meet the glamorous Continental refugee, Magda, guardian of the rose-pink cave of Model Gowns.
With the lightest touch and the most tender of comic instincts, Madeleine St John conjures a vanished summer of innocence.