Jolley Prize 2012 (Winner): 'Patterns in Nature' by Sue Hurley

In 1979 in the town of Paradise Lake, women of fifty favour blue knitwear and Peter Jackson cigarettes. They cook sponges without a recipe, don’t mind a brandy and dry, and love their grandchildren with an intensity that takes some of them by surprise. They’re most readily distinguished, one from another, according to their golf handicaps and the generosity of their judgements.

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Published in September 2012 no. 344
Sue Hurley

Sue Hurley

Sue Hurley has an MBA from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Creative Writing from UTS. Her first novel, Love at the Railway Hotel, was published in 2010, and she is currently working on a second, about a team of corporate crime investigators. She lives in Sydney with her husband and three daughters.

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    This story moved me. I read it over, and over again.

    Monday, 15 February 2016 22:18 posted by  Su
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    One gorgeous story... Congratulations!

    Friday, 01 August 2014 16:27 posted by  George

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