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Guest Post – Gillian Polack – Truth and Lies

I am hosting Gillian Polack on my blog in the lead up to her new book ‘The Wizardry of  Jewish Women’  Please give her a warm welcome *clap clap clap clap*

 

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Truth and lies

Readers have been playing guessing games with my novels for a while. I began by inventing everything. Right from the beginning, the readers of Illuminations assumed that the novel was about me and that events were real. Except they weren’t. The whole novel was invented.

Alas for humanity, for I’m an unredeemed stirrer. The moment I realised that most readers think that I write about reality, I started sneaking bits in. With Ms Cellophane and with The Art of Effective Dreaming, there are real incidents. Sometimes they’re things I experienced and sometimes they’re borrowed from friends. I challenged readers to guess which bits of the novel they were. No-one has so far got it right unless they were part of the event, in which case they laugh at me and say “I was there.”

My personal favourite error was when someone said “I know what’s real. The incident at the Murrumbidgee. That’s real.” This would be the moment when one of my characters swam naked in the Murrumbidgee (a local river) and was arrested. Me, I’m very self-conscious and seldom wear anything that could be called revealing even with a very stretchy imagination, so even paddling naked is unlikely. Swimming at all is impossible, for I can’t. So that’s an invention, complete and wholly fake.

Since it’s such a fun thing to do (at least for as long as it takes for readers to work out what’s what) I’ve done it again in my new novel, The Wizardry of Jewish Women.

In the interest of fair play, I’ll give you a head start. Two episodes, two hints.

There is a particularly splendid garden in the novel. One to make poets weep and artists dream. This garden is based on a friend’s. She is an amazing gardener and her garden in Canberra was the inspiration for Belinda’s garden in Canberra. I can’t tell you which of the various aspects of its story are real (for that would spoil things), but one most certainly is. This one is possible to deduce from the events, however. And that’s your hint.

The incident where Rhonda goes to Parliament House actually happened. It was an amalgam of three different events from my mad past. The senior politician who sat on the stone table was based Carmen Lawrence sitting on that same cold table. I can’t say who the other politicians were, because they’re amalgams of several who I met very briefly on different occasions. Some of that sequence actually happened, therefore and some most definitely did not.

None of the characters in my novel are real. I took the stone table incident from that occasion with Lawrence (where I was wearing a top that had holes in – ask me what really happened sometime) but I didn’t even try to give her personality to the politician in the novel.

This novel may have events inspired by real life incidents, but the people are all invented. This is how I manage to make events that look real and yet have them fit in the story. The Wizardry of Jewish Women has more borrowed events than most, but every single one of them has been reshaped to fit the characters in the story. No matter how much truth there is in them, they’re all lies.

Gillian will be launching ‘The Wizardry of Jewish Women’ at Readings, Hawthorn on the 5th of September at 6:30pm. We would love to see you there! If you can’t make it but would have liked to get a personally signed copy then please email Tarran on obiwankenobi31[at] hotmail {dot} com or you can pre-order a copy from Satalyte Publishing here

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Book Launch – Gillian Polack – The Wizardry of Jewish Women

The fantastic Gillian Polack is releasing her new book ‘The Wizardry of Jewish Women’ at Readings, Hawthorn on the 5th of September at 6:30pm. A delightful, poignant novel that details the lives of Jewish women in Canberra. Mystical, memorial, and cheeky – come and experience the launch of one the next talked about spec-fiction books to be released this year. There may even be pink tutu’s involved.

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