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About the Author: Amy Witting

Joan Austral Levick was born Joan Fraser in the Sydney suburb of Annandale in 1918. She studied at the University of Sydney and later taught French and English at state secondary schools. In 1948 she was transferred to Kempsey where she met Les Levick, a fellow teacher. They were married in December 1948. In 1953 Witting was diagnosed with TB after a routine school check, and it was while she was confined to the Bodington Sanitorium that she began to write more seriously. Witting has had numerous poems and short stories published in journals such as Quadrant and The New Yorker.

Witting was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 1990 for I for Isobel and again in 2000 for Isobel on the Way to the Corner Shop. In 1993 she was awarded the Patrick White Prize.

Amy Witting died a few weeks after her last novel was published in September 2001.


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Paperback, Published in Feb 2015 by Text Classics

ISBN10: 1922147745 | ISBN13: 9781922147745

Page count: 208

"Amy Witting is comparable to Jean Rhys, but she has more starch, or vinegar. The effect is bracing."—The New Yorker

A best-selling portrait of the artist as a troubled young woman.

Isobel's imaginary friends include the Virgin Mary and Sherlock Holmes, Lord Byron, W.H. Auden, and T.S. Eliot. She's less at ease with the flesh-and-blood people she meets, and least of all with herself. But a lucky encounter and a little detective work reveal her true destiny. An autobiographical classic from one of Australia's literary treasures.

Amy Witting (1918–2001) wrote novels, stories, and verse which often appeared in the New Yorker.

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