Grandmothers edited by Helen Elliott & A Lasting Conversation: Stories on ageing edited by Dr Susan Ogle and Melanie Joosten

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June–July 2020, no. 422
Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'Grandmothers: Essays by 21st-century grandmothers' edited by Helen Elliott and 'A Lasting Conversation: Stories on ageing' edited by Dr Susan Ogle and Melanie Joosten

Grandmothers: Essays by 21st-century grandmothers

edited by Helen Elliott

Text Publishing $34.99 pb, 271 pp

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A Lasting Conversation: Stories on ageing

edited by Dr Susan Ogle and Melanie Joosten

Brandl & Schlesinger $29.95 pb, 222 pp

Grandmothers edited by Helen Elliott & A Lasting Conversation: Stories on ageing edited by Dr Susan Ogle and Melanie Joosten

Reviewed by
June–July 2020, no. 422

Grandmothers are not what they used to be, as Elizabeth Jolley once said of custard tarts. It’s a point made by several contributors to Helen Elliott’s lively and thoughtfully curated collection of essays on the subject, Grandmothers, and it partly explains why these two books are not as similar as you might expect.

A Lasting Conversation: Stories on ageing – edited by Dr Susan Ogle and Melanie Joosten – is an anthology of previously published short stories, some of them decades old, from a grab-bag of Australian writers; it focuses on the personal experience of ageing, particularly as it affects bodies and brains. Grandmothers, on the other hand, is a collection of new essays that focus on the grandmother role itself and the ways in which the contributors have experienced it.

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'Grandmothers: Essays by 21st-century grandmothers' edited by Helen Elliott and 'A Lasting Conversation: Stories on ageing' edited by Dr Susan Ogle and Melanie Joosten

Grandmothers: Essays by 21st-century grandmothers

edited by Helen Elliott

Text Publishing $34.99 pb, 271 pp

Book Cover 2 Small

A Lasting Conversation: Stories on ageing

edited by Dr Susan Ogle and Melanie Joosten

Brandl & Schlesinger $29.95 pb, 222 pp

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