The heartwarming story of Lilian Singer, who starts life at the beginning of the twentieth century as the daughter of a prosperous middle-class Australian family and ends it as a cheerfully eccentric bag-lady living on the streets, quoting Shakespeare for a living. From Booker-shortlisted author Kate Grenville.
This is the story of Lilian Singer, born on ‘a wild night in the year of Federation’ into a stifling household which totally fails to subdue her. Madness, cruelty and sexuality permeate the household but Lilian’s sights are set on education, love and – finally – her own transcendent forms of independence.
Lilian Singer is, or becomes, that rare being: an eccentric true to her own self whose story reaches out to touch and delight the most discerning reader. She radiates energy and vitality through every page of this striking work. Lilian’s Story is the most loved and enduring of Kate Grenville’s fictional creations.
Winner 1984 The Australian/Vogel Literary Award