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  • Published: 1 January 2010
  • ISBN: 9781741669190
  • Imprint: Bantam Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $19.99

Life In Seven Mistakes



A blackly comic novel of manners - bad manners.

'You're pathetic,' her brother said. 'Still bleating about what mummy and daddy did to you when you're almost old enough to retire. Are you still going to be blaming your parents when you're seventy? Life's too short, Liz.'

After years of patient, passionate effort, Elizabeth Barton's career as a ceramicist is finally taking off. She's about to fly to New York for her first solo show at one of the world's most prestigious galleries. First, though, she has to survive Christmas with her family on the Gold Coast.

Why is it impossible to act our age in front of our parents? And how can we begin to care for ageing parents we've spent our lives trying to avoid?

LIFE IN SEVEN MISTAKES is a black family comedy with an unexpected, and deeply moving, climax. Beautifully written, and imbued with a rich sense of irony, it is acclaimed Australian novelist Susan Johnson's finest achievement to date.

  • Published: 1 January 2010
  • ISBN: 9781741669190
  • Imprint: Bantam Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Susan Johnson

Susan Johnson grew up in Sydney and Brisbane, and is currently based in London. The author of six novels and a memoir, she has been published in Australia, the UK, USA and Europe, and recently celebrated twenty years as a full-time writer. Her books include MESSAGES FROM CHAOS, FLYING LESSONS, A BIG LIFE, HUNGRY GHOSTS, and A BETTER WOMAN; she also edited the anthologies LATITUDES - NEW WRITING FROM THE NORTH, and WOMENLOVESEX. Her last novel, THE BROKEN BOOK, based loosely on the life of the Australian writer Charmian Clift, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.

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