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Masters, Olga

Olga Masters was born in Pambula in New South Wales. Her first job, at seventeen, was with a local country newspaper where the editor encouraged her writing. She married at twenty-one and, with seven children and part-time journalism work, had little opportunity to develop her interest in writing fiction until she was in her fifties. In the 1970s she wrote a successful radio play and a stage play, and between 1977 and 1981 won prizes for her short stories. The Home Girls, her first book, won a National Book Council Award in 1983 and her first novel, Loving Daughters was highly commended for the same award. Her third and fourth books, A Long Time Dying and Amy’s Children, also received critical acclaim. At the time of her death in 1986, she was working on a new collection of stories, which was published posthumously as The Rose Fancier. A collection of Olga Masters’ journalism, Reporting Home, edited by Deidre Coleman was published in 1990, and a critically acclaimed biography by Julie Lewis in 1991.<#InMedia#><#AuthorVideo#><#AuthorWebsite#><#AuthorTwitter#><#AuthorFaceBook#>
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Collected Stories Olga Masters

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In the brief four years between the publication of her first volume of short stories and her death in 1986, Olga Masters was celebrated as one of Australia's most powerful and original writers. She won a National Book Council award and was shortlisted for another, and was published in the United States, France and Italy. She wrote two novels and three collections of stories, the third published posthumously. Gathered now in one volume are all the stories from The Home Girls and A Long Time Dying and those she had completed for The Rose Fancier, tough, honest stories that portray rural and suburban life with compassion and unsparing observation. "She can be both tender and funny, and always there is absolute authenticity of detail, a strong sense of time and place, an effortless depiction of personality." Judges' Report, NBC Awards


Loving Daughters

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A brilliant, unsentimental portrait of two sisters – one artistic and restless, the other houseproud, her father’s favourite.