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Hospital, Janette Turner

Janette Turner Hospital grew up in Queensland and was educated there. Since her post-graduate degrees in Canada, she has taught in universities in Canada,Australia, England, France and the United States. She has won a number of prizes for her eight novels and four short-story collections, which have been published in numerous languages. In 2003, she won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and the Patrick White Award, and received a Doctor of Letters honoris causa from the University of Queensland. She is Carolina Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of South Carolina, where she taught for twelve years. In 2010, she was a visiting professor at Columbia University in New York and is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland.

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Picture of Charades
Stunningly original, Charades has stood the test of time as a major Australian work.


Collected Stories Janette Turner Hospital

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The internationally acclaimed stories from Dislocations and Isobars are presented here with seven previously uncollected stories, four of which were included in the twenty-five "Best Short Stories in English" in their year of publication. Janette Turner Hospital's sensuous prose reveals the inner lives of a fascinating gallery of characters caught between cultures. Some cross borders of class, gender and race, dislocated in unfamiliar and unpredictable physical worlds; others cross borders between the past and the present, blurring memory and perception in moments of crisis and illumination.


Janette Turner Hospital Collected Stories

Picture of Janette Turner Hospital Collected Stories
This collection brings together in one distinguished volume a range of stories written over twenty-five years by this internationally acclaimed author.


North Of Nowhere South Of Loss

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"Hospital goes from strength to literary strength ever brilliant in ideas, graceful in expression, resourceful in story." Fay Weldon 'Her stories are like brief cyclones wrapped around an unexpected center of calm." "Los Angeles Times Book Review" "Turner Hospital has a rich, allusive style and a gift for intensity which etches the geography of her characters' inner lives as sharply as it does the cities, towns and climates in whicih they live." Sandra Hall, "Bulletin"


The Ivory Swing

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Juliet yearns for the "ebb and flow of life lived avidly", for the pace and challenge of city living. The conflict between her love of husband and children and her own passionate need for expression is intensified by her move from smalltown Canada to Southern India. The stifling restrictions on Juliet's freedom are magnified in the plight of her young widowed neighbour. The beautiful Yashoda longs to embrace the Western values that would release her from the strictures of Indian tradition. But the ancient mores are powerful and enduring, and challenging them inevitably leads to tragedy. The Ivory Swing won Canada's prestigious $50,000 Seal Award for Best First Novel, as well as great critical acclaim.


The Tiger In The Tiger Pit

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Like the rare Blue Wanderer butterfly, Emily Carpenter is never still for long. She flees emotional commitment, despite the longing of her eight-year-old son for family and for the easygoing sheepfarmer with whom she once found peace. While Emily's eccentric mother works to reunite her scattered children, her once tyrannical father, made 'irritable as the tiger in the tiger pit" by old age and regret, does his own scheming. The scene is set for dramatic confrontation and unexpected revelations. In this her second novel Janette Turner Hospital explores her fascination with the interweaving of time and place and displays the superlative skills as a storyteller that have won awards and critical acclaim for all six of her published books.