Book Information

  • ISBN: 9780330356558
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pub Date: 01/06/1995
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
  • Imprint: Picador Australia
  • Pages: 288
  • Price: $22.95
'In The Orchard [Modjeska] further develops her distinctive style, weaving fact with fiction, the essay with a flowing fictional narrative, and stories within stories... Modjeska is accessible and entertaining, a good story-teller... Love, adultery, marriage, and domination; sight, the fear of blindness, solitude and self-knowledge; childhood, education and the plight of the intellectual woman; all come under Modjeska's intelligent scrutiny. Her dexterity at interlacing these assorted skeins without unravelling or entanglement is to be marvelled at'–CANBERRA TIMES

'. . . a beautifully written narrative, turning on the stories of four women at different ages, and through their self-analysis, the story of many more... The Orchard is written with style and complexity'–MELBOURNE TIMES

'a book brimful with ideas, informed by a wide-ranging imagination, and certain to inspire those who read it to act upon their dreams... As enriching a book as you're likely to read this year'–HERALD SUN

Author Information

Drusilla Modjeska is possibly one of our most acclaimed writers. She was born in England but has lived in Australia since 1971. Her books include Exiles at Home, Banjo and NSW Premier's Award winning Poppy, Sisters, which she co-edited, the Nita B.Kibble, NSW Premier's Award and Australian Bookseller's Book of the Year Award winner The Orchard, Timepieces and Secrets with Robert Dessaix and Amanda Lohrey.

In 1999 Picador published one of the most anticipated books of that year, Stravinsky's Lunch. This exhilarating work addressing the dilemma of love and art won the 1999 NSW Premier's Prize for Non-fiction, the Nita B. Kibble Award and the Bookseller's Choice Award. Drusilla lives in Sydney.