Dina Ross reviews 'The Amazing Mrs. Livesey' by Freda Marnie Nicholl

Dina Ross reviews 'The Amazing Mrs. Livesey'  by Freda Marnie Nicholl

The Amazing Mrs. Livesey

by Freda Marnie Nicholl

Allen & Unwin $29.99 pb, 320 pp, 9781760290146

Ethel Livesey was a piece of work. By the time she stood trial in 1946, she had already served several terms in prison. The serial fraudster had accumulated more than forty aliases, married eight times (twice bigamously), borne four children to different men, and divorced four times. She fleeced shopkeepers, business owners, society élite – and her husbands – during a spectacular career as a silver-tongued swindler. And the press lapped it up: the scandalous Livesey affair made the Australian headlines for nearly a year.

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Dina Ross

Dina Ross

Dina Ross is an award-winning playwright and commentator. Her latest play 'Six Ways to say Goodbye' is published by the Australian Script Centre.

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