Rachel RobertsonLiz Byrski
Purple Prose introduces fifteen new works of non-fiction by Australian women writers, each responding to the colour purple. In their hands, purple takes on many meanings. From a story about King George’s coronation gown to pigeon fanciers and the Dockers’ Purple Haze, this is a book for women readers everywhere.
Purple Prose features new works by Amanda Curtin, Lily Chan, Hanifa Deen, Sarah Drummond, Lucy Dougan, Tracy Farr, Deborah Hunn, Natasha Lester, Toni Jordan, Anne Manne, Rosemary Stevens, Annamaria Weldon and Jacqueline Wright.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘The writers use the titular colour as their organising motif but the result is kaleidoscopic … Each story is keenly self-aware, reflecting on what it means to fictionalise experience, to turn life into a narrative for others to read … In the manner of conversation, each author takes the reader into her confidence, communicating the private, the personal, and the previously unspoken (or unspeakable).’ Limina Journal
‘I can thoroughly recommend this book for reading, reflection and relaxation.’ Starts at 60
‘Purple Prose is a masterclass in theme and variations.’ West Australian
‘Stories are written along the lines of many different themes and issues, but a collaborative book focusing on a specific colour is rare.’ Cockburn Gazette