Fiona McGregor Indelible Ink: a novel

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Indelible Ink: a novel

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Marie King is fifty-nine, recently divorced, and has lived a rather conventional life on Sydney’s affluent north shore. Now her three children have moved out, the family home is to be sold, and with it will go her beloved garden.

On a drunken whim, Marie gets a tattoo ― an act that gives way to an unexpected friendship with her tattoo artist, Rhys. Before long, Rhys has introduced Marie to a side of the city that clashes with her staid north-shore milieu. Her children are mortified by their mother’s transformation, but have their own challenges to deal with: workplace politics; love affairs old and new; and, of course, the real-estate market.

Written with Fiona McGregor’s incisive wit and keen eye, Indelible Ink uses one family as a microcosm for the changes operating in society at large. In its piercing examination of the way we live now, it is truly a novel for our times.

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About the Author:

Fiona McGregor is a Sydney writer and performance artist. She has published five books, four of which have won or been shortlisted for major prizes, including the Steele Rudd Award for the story collection Dirt (originally published as Suck My Toes). Her most recent novel, Indelible Ink, won The Age Book of the Year, and was published by Atlantic in the UK.

McGregor contributes essays, articles, stories and reviews to a range of publications. Her performance work has been seen internationally. She is currently working on a new novel.

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'For a long time now, when people ask me a favourite Australian author, invariably I think and say Fiona McGregor. There is a gutsiness, a splendour and command of language and expression in her writing that thrills me every time I read her. Indelible Ink is a stunning book, a novel that addresses our world and our time with an acute and ferocious acumen. There is also tenderness here and there is wisdom. Marie King, the grandmother who begins to understand living and courage with her first tattoo, is destined to become one of the great characters of Australian literature. This is a superb book by ― undeniably now ― one of our finest writers.'

(Christos Tsiolkas)

'The best domestic novels use characters in a specific family or social setting to reflect and explore the values and issues of a particular time and place. Indelible Ink, which follows the intersecting lives of one Sydney family during the last days of the Howard era, is such a book ― and looks set to be the most talked-about Australian novel since The Slap.'

(Australian Book Review)

'McGregor's writing is subtle and beautiful, alive with imagery but never self-conscious or heavy-handed. Meaning grows on the reader almost imperceptibly, the quiet beauty of the prose as soft and gentle as a rose petal. But there are spikes too, made all the more sharper by contrast: moments of lust, fear, fury that catch the reader by surprise, their impact deep and long-lasting. In the end, [Indelible Ink's heroine] Marie King achieves her desire: she will stay etched in my mind for a long time.'

(Sarah Vine The Times)

'Beyond the domestic drama of Indelible Ink ― its tough, yet tender, appreciation of family dynamics, its revelation of character as an endless war of contradictory impulses fought within a single human frame ― McGregor has set out to exhaustively catalogue Sydney in all its guises. It is an enterprise anthropological in reach, drawing on everything from history and the built environment to gay subculture and the economics of real estate. Even the melt and drift at its close feels like a nod to the city's endless droning summers. At 400-odd pages Indelible Ink is undoubtedly a long novel. But how else could it contain the richest and most complete evocation of Sydney since Patrick White's The Vivisector?'

(Geordie Williamson The Monthly)

'Indelible Ink is a stunning book, a novel that addresses our world and our time with an acute and ferocious acumen. There is also tenderness here and there is wisdom. Marie King, the grandmother who begins to understand living and courage with her first tattoo, is destined to become one of the great characters of Australian literature. This is a superb book by ― undeniably now ― one of our finest writers.'

(Christos Tsiolkas)

'Set to be the most talked-about Australian novel since Christos Tsiolkas's The Slap, McGregor's domestic saga offers a cutting take on the larger cultural and political forces at play during the Howard era ... McGregor proves her talent with this wildly contemporary, fast-paced novel, turning the story of one woman's personal transformation into a savage critique of our times.'

(AEU News)

'Every now and again a novel just takes your breath away with its audacity and its perceptive take on life and the world. Indelible Ink is such a book ... Indelible Ink is a powerful, assured and incredibly mature novel; it is a subtle and sympathetic portrait of contemporary family life. Few readers will fail to see reflections of their own lives within its pages. Like Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap, it will become one of the most talked-about novels of the year.'

(Mark Rubbo Managing Director of Readings)

'McGregor's fourth novel is a deft exploration of how we now live and love.'

(Vogue Australia)

'Readers searching for that rare thing, a contemporary Australian satire, will find it here.'

(Jennifer Byrne Australian Women's Weekly)

'A sharp insight into the class system that Australia often pretends no longer exists.'

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