perfect morning. But the weight of the day wrapped itself around
her, and she was ashamed of her own ingratitude. She had a husband,
children and grandchildren who loved her, a beautiful home, enough
money. What sort of person was she to feel so overwhelmed with
gloom and resentment on Christmas morning?’
have been close friends for almost two decades, supporting each
other through personal and professional crises – parents
dying, children leaving home, house moves, job changes, diets
and really bad haircuts. Now the ‘gang of four’, Isabel,
Sally, Robin and Grace, are all fifty-something, successful …
is Isabel who makes the first move, taking a year away from her
family to follow her mother’s footsteps across Europe. Soon
Sally is on her way too – to San Francisco to come face
to face with a guilty secret. Robin, in the wake of a clandestine
relationship, heads for isolation in the country. And Grace? Well,
Grace would never go away for an entire year, but, lonely in the
others’ absence, she thinks she might take a short holiday
in England. Once there she bumps into someone she hardly knows
of Four is a story of four very different journeys and a celebration
of women in their prime of life.
rite of passage novel for the older woman – it is a good read.’
Nottingham Evening Post
is not a book about mid-life crisis so much as mid-life opportunity’.
Sydney Morning Herald
age of the 50-something woman is upon us. She’s healthy, energetic
and she’s ready to do all those things she’s put off
for so long’.
Australian Sunday Times
by a writer who has remarkable story telling powers. I was glued’.
mature, relevant and entertaining first novel’.
Profile : Liz Byrski
Byrski was born and brought up in England and has lived in Western
Australia since 1981. She is the author of ten non-fiction books,
and has worked as a staff and freelance journalist, a broadcaster
with ABC Radio and an adviser to a minister in the West Australian
now lectures in professional writing at Curtin University. Gang
of Four is her first novel.