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Rod Jones Rod Jones i(A18109 works by)
Born: Established: 1953 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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1 6 y separately published work icon The Mothers Rod Jones , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2015 8362047 2015 single work novel historical fiction

'That’s what life is about, at the bottom of things, she thought: women keeping babies.

'In 1917, while the world is at war, Alma and her children are living in a sleep-out at the back of Mrs Lovett’s house in working-class Footscray. When Alma falls pregnant, her daughter Molly is born in secret. As Molly grows up, there is a man who sometimes follows her on her way to school.

'Anna meets Neil in 1952 at her parents’ shack at Cockatoo. She later enters a Salvation Army home for unmarried mothers, but is determined to keep her baby.

'Fitzroy, 1975. Student life. Things are different now, aren’t they? Cathy and David are living together, determined not to get married. Against the background of the tumultuous events of the sacking of the Whitlam government, a new chapter is added to the family’s story.

'The Mothers is a book about secrets. It interweaves the intimate lives of three generations of Australian women who learn that it’s the stories we can’t tell that continue to shape us and make us who we are.' (Publication summary)

1 Comet Rod Jones , 2010 single work short story
— Appears in: Wordlines : Contemporary Australian Writing 2010; (p. 195-203)
1 A King Simply Being a Man Rod Jones , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 28 March 2009; (p. 24)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf , 2009 single work novel
1 Searching for a Past Perfect Rod Jones , 2004 single work autobiography travel
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27-28 November 2004; (p. 6)
Jones returns to Greece and discovers a tranquil retreat on the island of Donoussa, reminding him of a year spent on Crete in the 1970s.
1 Patiently Finding le Mot Juste Rod Jones , 2003 single work autobiography
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 July 2003; (p. 4-5)
Jones writes of his experience of studying Latin as a high school student and of reading the works of Ernest Hemingway, Lawrence Durrell and Gustave Flaubert. These influences helped him appreciate the need to find le mot juste - the one word - in his own writing.
1 Love Among the Blisters Rod Jones , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 1 March 2003; (p. 4)

— Review of Swan Bay : A Novel of Destiny, Desire and Death Rod Jones , 2003 single work novel
1 9 y separately published work icon Swan Bay : A Novel of Destiny, Desire and Death Rod Jones , Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 2003 Z1008401 2003 single work novel
2 17 y separately published work icon Nightpictures Rod Jones , Milsons Point : Knopf , 1997 Z426359 1997 single work novel

"We all live secret lives. During the day, we're hardly aware of them. We don't let ourselves see them. Only in the night do they come into their own, our secrets, the pictures running through our heads. Not language. Pictures. Pictures that make us tense up and groan out loud. Nightpictures.

"Sailor drifts through Venice. He is haunted by nightpictures, his most precious memories, that leave him fearful, shuddering, close to ejaculation.

"His affair with Dieppe is meant to be 'pure l'erotisme'. No kisses, definitely no falling in love.

"Dieppe has memories that haunt her, too. As their sexual relationship plays itself out amid the crumbling walls of Dieppe's shabby apartment, the verbal and sexual collide. Stories become confessions, and sex a kind of absolution.

"But some stories should never be told...

"Explicit, provocative and disturbing, Nightpictures is Rod Jones' most commanding work to date." (Publication summary)

1 21 y separately published work icon Billy Sunday Rod Jones , Sydney : Picador , 1995 Z280334 1995 single work novel historical fiction
1 A Quiet Season Rod Jones , 1991 single work short story
— Appears in: Millennium : Time-Pieces by Australian Writers 1991; (p. 183-192)
1 26 y separately published work icon Prince of the Lilies Rod Jones , Ringwood : McPhee Gribble , 1991 Z294120 1991 single work novel
1 My Mother, My Lover, The Sea Rod Jones , 1990 single work prose autobiography
— Appears in: The Sunday Herald , 21 January 1990; (p. 31)
1 The Ulcer Rod Jones , 1989 single work short story
— Appears in: Expressway : Invitation Stories by Australian Writers from a Painting by Jeffrey Smart 1989; (p. 15-23)
1 The Environment of the Imagination Rod Jones , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island Magazine , Autumn no. 34-35 1988; (p. 5-11) First Rights : A Decade of Island Magazine 1989; (p. 10-17)
1 The Blue Man Rod Jones , 1987 single work short story
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 46 no. 1 1987; (p. 31-39) Personal Best 2 : Stories and Statements by Australian Writers 1991; (p. 15-26)
1 Join the Dots to Find a Giraffe with Three Heads, Twelve Legs Rod Jones , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 22 November 1986; (p. 12)

— Review of Fortune Robert Drewe , 1986 single work novel
1 Capitalism the Villain in a Novel that is Prepared to take a Swipe Rod Jones , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 27 September 1986; (p. 13)

— Review of Widdershins : A Novel Jack Beasley , 1986 single work novel
11 37 y separately published work icon Julia Paradise Rod Jones , Fitzroy : McPhee Gribble , 1986 Z341710 1986 single work novel A completely amoral doctor, Kenneth Ayres, psychoanalyses Queenslander Julia Paradise, a morphine addict and missionary's wife in the Shanghai British Colony. As Julia's subconscious reveals its ambiguities, Ayres is trapped by sexual symbols and forces, becoming a victim of his own fallacies and his patient's vengeance. (Source: LibrariesAustralia)
1 Standard Consultation Rod Jones , 1985 single work short story
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Magazine , 28-29 September 1985; (p. 10)
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