Longlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize

The Women’s Pages – Debra Adelaide

Fiction · Pan Macmillan

The Women's Pages

About the book

“Debra Adelaide explores women’s prescribed roles in twentieth-century Australia.

– 2016 Stella Prize Judges

About the author

Debra Adelaide

Further Reading


“Reading and writing are central to Adelaide’s work and The Women’s Pages extends into fiction the work of her collection The Simple Act of Reading, published earlier this year. In layering the lives of two generations of women reading and writing, Adelaide charts the impact of second-wave feminism on her characters’ lives…As Adelaide’s dexterous trick-box plotting opens its compartments, it exposes ideas of generation and agency with an acute, witty and playful eye.” Felicity Plunkett, The Australian

“The Women’s Pages is a novel that pays homage to words, pages and books written by women and about women.” Annie Condon, Readings

“The Women’s Pages is a technically accomplished novel, weaving together its separate threads to a conclusion in which the division between them begins to break down. It is also a sheer pleasure to read – its prose elegant and polished, rich with telling detail, and moving without being sentimental. At its heart it is a fiction of fiction-making, celebrating the entanglement of authors with their characters, and conjuring the uncanny sense that these characters exist even beyond the imaginations of their creators.” Sophia Barnes, Sydney Review of Books


Judges’ report

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