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ISBN: 9781760992491
Dimensions: C Format: 23x15.2cm
Pages: 304
Publication year: 2023
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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The Bookshop on Jacaranda Street

Written by Marlish Glorie


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Helen can’t sleep. Her husband’s hoarding tendencies have taken over not only their house, but their marriage too, and she needs out. In a moment of desperation, Helen burns her bed, and leaves. Seeking to rediscover herself, she rather spontaneously seizes the opportunity to buy a run-down secondhand bookstore. But when her two adult sons unexpectedly return home with their own problems, Helen’s attempt to turn her life into something out of a literary novel starts to look like more of a comedy of errors. As quirky characters browse the shelves of The Book Maze, and relationships are put to the test, Helen fights to write her own happy ending to her story.

A new edition of this heart-warming story for bookworms that shows it’s never too late to turn the page and start a new chapter.


‘Glorie’s style is well paced in a good, interwoven story with a few surprises.’ Adelaide Advertiser

Jacaranda Street has a touch of Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet in the way happiness grows out of the oddest, darkest places. A lovely read.’ Herald Sun

‘Marlish Glorie has crafted this blackly funny, poignant and sharply telling story while working from a cell in Fremantle Prison. In a fresh and distinctive voice, Marlish has crafted a story about a woman’s quest to retrieve her life from under the piles of junk her husband obsessively collects.’ Scoop Magazine

‘Glorie has created a joyous and incredibly relatable protagonist in Helen, she felt like a friend I had known all my life; charismatic, caring, a little bit problematic, yet so very lovable.’ Beauty and Lace

‘Marlish Glorie’s writing is witty and candid. I felt this story was a bit of a tragi-comedy. It’s a story of love, loss and grief, of second chances and doing the best you can. I loved the finely nuanced characters, all inexplicably tied to each other. The story is funny at times, and at other times quite profound.’ The Burgeoning Bookshelf

‘If you are in the mood for a funny, heartwarming and uncomplicated read, it should hit the spot. I could easily imagine this story making a delightful movie.’ @melhobbs_bookwordm_reviews

‘This book was simply delightful. I was immersed in the heartening, lovely and cosy atmosphere of the story that was gracefully written and put into words so elegantly. I love to read books about books so the bookshop setting and the title captured my attention and my interest from start to finish.’ @bianca_mal_

‘Marlish Glorie tells a story of love and loss, of the harm of long-term hoarding, of grieving and the bonds of a very dysfunctional family.’ @‌sandysbookaday

Pages: 304
Publication Year: 2023
Publisher: Fremantle Press
ISBN: 9781921361449
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Marlish Glorie

Marlish Glorie was born in Western Australian and has juggled a number of occupations throughout her life. She has worked as a nurse, environmentalist, art dealer and all round handy woman. Since the publication of The Bookshop on Jacaranda Street she has had a second novel published – Sea Dog Hotel. Marlish Glorie is married […]