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Miss Peabody’s Inheritance

An unforgettable classic by acclaimed Australian novelist Elizabeth Jolley.

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In this potent tale of love and loneliness, Elizabeth Jolley has woven two parallel stories into a dazzlingly original novel. Arabella Thorne is a brilliant, witty and accomplished woman. The exotic tale of this flamboyant eccentric and her European travels – with jealous secretary and shy schoolgirl protégée – is the inheritance that transforms the uneventful suburban life of Miss Peabody.


Elizabeth Jolley

Elizabeth Jolley was born in the industrial Midlands of England in 1923, and moved to Western Australia in 1959 with her husband and three children. Acclaimed as one of Australia’s leading writers, she received an AO, honorary doctorates from WAIT (now Curtin University) and Macquarie University, and the ASAL Gold Medal for her contribution to Australian literature. She worked in a variety of occupations, and taught creative writing part-time for a number of years at Curtin University of Technology.

Elizabeth Jolley published three collections of short fiction, a collection of essays, Central Mischief, thirteen novels and a novella, The Orchard Thieves. Mr Scobie’s Riddle and My Father’s Moon won The Age Book of the Year Award, The Georges’ Wife the National Book Council Banjo Award for fiction, Cabin Fever the FAW ANA Literature Award, and The Sugar Mother the France-Australia Literary Translation Award. She died in 2007.