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

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September 2012, no. 344

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

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September 2012, no. 344

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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Comments (3)

  • Sue Hurley conjures up more by what she leaves unsaid. Her delicious descriptions of people and objects filled me with nostalgia. This is a beautiful piece of writing that I read again and again during the days of Covid-19.
    Posted by Julia Alder
    14 May 2020
  • This story moved me. I read it over, and over again.
    Posted by Su
    15 February 2016
  • One gorgeous story... Congratulations!
    Posted by George
    01 August 2014