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  • Published: 11 June 2024
  • ISBN: 9781761344589
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $34.99

The Little Clothes




When you are heading towards 40 and people start to notice you a little bit less, what do you do with your new powers of invisibility?

Audrey Mendes is a clever lawyer but has never made partner. Her weeks are filled with long hours in the office, visits to her ageing parents, trivia nights at the local and evenings at home with her pet rabbit, Joni.

When Audrey tries to buy wine at the pub she is ignored and walks out without paying. One thing leads to another, and soon she starts rebelling in small and creative ways against a world in which she is unseen – until a painful reminder from her childhood pushes her into a reckoning.

All the while there’s a potential romance and an eccentric new neighbour to deal with. And why does Audrey buy extravagant baby clothes when she doesn’t have a child?

Wry, humorous and provocative, this is an affectionate novel about sorting out the past, grabbing onto life and claiming your place in it.

  • Published: 11 June 2024
  • ISBN: 9781761344589
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $34.99

About the author

Deborah Callaghan

Deborah Callaghan worked as an interstate train stewardess, a librarian, and freelance journalist before starting a thirty-five-year publishing career. She was a book publicist, a publisher, and a literary agent. She lives in Sydney with her husband, two daughters and three lovely dogs.

Praise for The Little Clothes

A gorgeous reminder that we are all a bit bonkers, thank goodness because wouldn’t life be boring if we weren’t? I want to be Audrey’s friend, and to know what she gets up to next.

Meg Bignell

A coming-of-middle-age story that will delight, frustrate and shock you and will also break your heart. Clever, messy and quietly rebellious, Audrey quickly felt like a friend I'd known and loved forever. I'd be on her Pub Triva team any time.

Imbi Neeme

This wry, well-observed portrait of a woman’s journey to reclaiming her life is one for fans of Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.

Megan Koch, Bookseller + Publisher