Shortlist year: 
2009
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
UWA Publishing

About the book

Book cover- Doing Life: A Biography of Elizabeth Jolley by Brian Dibble

Elizabeth Jolley was a fine writer. Her publishing career began in her fifties in Australia, but as Brian Dibble demonstrates her writing developed through the decades in England and Scotland, from her family of origin, in boarding schools and hospital wards, and into her independent adult life.

The array of wild characters in her fiction—misfits and those on the edge of society—can also be found in the remarkable life of Elizabeth Jolley.

This is a lyrical and readable biography, one that presents a world of family and pleasures, but always infused somewhere with an unexpended sadness.