Winner of the Barbara Ramsden Prize, 1990. This was life: no sooner had you built yourself your little raft and felt secure than it came to pieces under you and you were swimming again. Born into a world without welcome, Isobel observes it as warily as an alien trying to pass for a native. Her collection of imaginary friends includes the Virgin Mary and Sherlock Holmes. Later she meets Byron, W.H. Auden and T.S. Eliot. Isobel is not so much at ease with the flesh-and-blood people she meets, and least of all with herself, until a lucky encounter and a little detective work reveal her identity and her true situation in life. I for Isobel, a modern-day Australian classic, was followed by Isobel on the Way to the Corner Shop, winner of the Age Book of the Year Award. Amy Witting was born in Annandale, an inner suburb of Sydney, in 1918. She attended Sydney University, then taught French and English in state schools. Beginning late in life she published six novels, including The Visit, I for Isobel, Isobel on the Way to the Corner Shop and Maria's War; two collections of short stories; two books of verse, Travel Diary and Beauty is the Straw; and her Collected Poems. 'When we come to write the history of Australian writing in the twentieth century, the strange case of Amy Witting will be there to haunt us. Here is a writer who not only has great gifts - the kind of expert and mimetic gifts that would impel instant recognition from someone who admired a fine-lined American naturalist like William Maxwell - but a realist who has an effortless immediacy and a compelling sense of drama that should have ensured the widest kind of appeal, the sort of appeal that Helen Garner could command in her fiction-writing days. And yet this woman who published in the New Yorker and commanded the respect of Kenneth Slessor was scarcely encouraged during the long grey sleep of Australian fiction publishing. It wasn't until the publication of I for Isobel...that Witting gained a national profile.' Peter Craven 'Australia's Amy Witting is comparable to Jean Rhys, but she has more starch, or vinegar. The effect is bracing.' New Yorker 'Isobel is instinctively searching for a lost part of her substance, the very memory of which has been obliterated. Prompted by her inexplicable sense of loss, she goes on her way, deviating, baffled, yet rejecting substitutes. To call the ending happy is to say both too much and too little. Was the lost part also searching for her? Amy Witting's admirers will find this novel as distinctive and compelling as her stories and her poetry.' Jessica Anderson '[Witting] lays bare with surgical precision the dynamics of families, sibling, students in coffee shops, office coteries. One sometimes feels positively winded with unsettling insights. There is something relentless, almost unnerving in her anatomising of foibles, fears obsessions, private shame, the nature of loneliness, the nature of panic.' Janette Turner Hospital 'A beautifully but unobtrusively honed style, a marvellous ear for dialogue, a generous understanding of the complex waywardness of men and women.' Andrew Riemer 'Terrific - incredibly wise...When I finished it I went straight back to the first page.' Cate Kennedy
Isobel had in return looked Betty up and down, said nothing but drawn a little
blood. 'The very kind of bitchery I most detest!' she had cried that night to Joseph.
'Besides, Ithink she's beautiful. Her age doesn't matter. I didn't have anything to ...
Author: Amy Witting
Publisher: Text Publishing
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In her relationship to Irwin, Golomb believed Isobel even begins to resemble
Jesus, with Irwin playing the part of the traitor Judas. When Isobel and Irwin meet
with Tom and Marion to discuss their business proposition, Golomb noted, Irwin ...
Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning
Category: Literary Criticism
Isobel Callaghan is struggling to make a career as a writer in Sydney. She is isolated, poor and hungry, and fears she's going mad. Leaving her room in a boarding house in search of food, she has a breakdown on the way to the corner shop. Waking in hospital, Isobel learns that she will be confined to a sanatorium in the Blue Mountains. There, among the motley assortment of patients, and with the aid of great works of literature, she will confront the horrors of her past. But can she find a way to face the future? Confronting and compassionate, profound and funny, the second Isobel Callaghan novel is every bit as brilliant as its much-loved predecessor. It confirmed Amy Witting as one of the finest Australian writers of her time. Amy Witting was born in Sydney in 1918. She attended Sydney University, then taught French and English in state schools. Beginning late in life she published six novels, including The Visit, I for Isobel, Isobel on the Way to the Corner Shop and Maria's War; two collections of short stories; two books of verse, Travel Diary and Beauty is the Straw; and her Collected Poems. She had numerous poems and short stories published in magazines such as Quadrant and the New Yorker. Her acclaimed short fiction is collected in the volume Faces and Voices. Witting was awarded the 1993 Patrick White Prize. Isobel on the way to the Corner Shop won the Age Book of the Year Award. Amy Witting died in 2001. 'Her reflections on human nature are eloquently drawn, intimate, compassionate and witty.' Australian Amy Witting is comparable to Jean Rhys, but she has more starch, or vinegar. The effect is bracing.' New Yorker '[Witting] lays bare with surgical precision the dynamics of families, sibling, students in coffee shops, office coteries. One sometimes feels positively winded with unsettling insights. There is something relentless, almost unnerving in her anatomising of foibles, fears obsessions, private shame, the nature of loneliness, the nature of panic.' Janette Turner Hospital 'A beautifully but unobtrusively honed style, a marvellous ear for dialogue, a generous understanding of the complex waywardness of men and women.' Andrew Riemer ‘Sparkling prose and extraordinary ability to enter the minds of a wide variety of characters.' A Reader's Guide to Australian Fiction ‘Quietly brilliant…Witting’s characterizations are staggeringly sharp—it is hard to imagine a novel more keenly observed—simultaneously heartbreaking and (subtly) hilarious, not because they’re exaggerated, but because they are so unsettlingly, overwhelmingly true…A compassionate masterpiece.’ STARRED Review, Kirkus
This is how Amy Witting accounted for the breakthrough success of her
bestselling 1989 novel, I for Isobel. That book— republished as a Text Classic in
2014—introduces us to Isobel Callaghan, the victim of an abusive mother. It
begins with ...
Author: Amy Witting
Publisher: Text Publishing
When seventeen-year-old Isobel's mother marries a man she just met and they move to his gothic mansion on an island, strange occurrences cause Isobel to fear that she is losing her sanity as her artist father did.
“I'm Isobel, also with an i.” No one laughed. “Don't call him a freak. God, just
because he isn't like everyone else,” Nicole grumped, stabbing at her salad. I felt
like I should be the one defending him. “Isn't that the definition of 'freak'? They
Author: Eileen Cook
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Juvenile Fiction
The Sweetheart Arrangement After two broken engagements, Isobel Glasen’s determined to stay single—until a runaway horse makes her an accidental entrant in the Ride for a Bride race. And her ex-fiancé’s brother is the winner. With a successful business and a cozy apartment, Isobel has a life as carefully constructed as the beautiful gowns she designs. But now a fake courtship may be the only way to quell town gossip. New to town, Alec Russell aims to get his veterinary clinic off the ground. Though he once secretly pined for Isobel, he’s determined to escape his brother’s shadow and find a woman who chooses him first. But could time spent together provide a second chance—and turn pretense into the perfect match?
Isobel forced a pleasant smile. At least she hoped it appeared pleasant. “Yes,
Doctor Russell and I are...courting...each other.” Is that how one would say that? It
had been too many years since she'd last had a suitor. Even then, she hadn't ...
Author: Stacy Henrie
You might know how to properly bill patients, draw blood, or code in a professional work environment, but are you prepared to find and keep your next job? Using an easy-to-read, easy-to-follow format, Job Readiness for Health Professionals: Soft Skills Strategies for Success gives you an advantage in the job market by guiding you through what you need to know to master the essential soft skills — such as professional habits, attitudes, and personality traits — needed for every entry-level healthcare job. If you want long-term success as a working professional, then this book is for you! Critical thinking exercises woven throughout skills include multidisciplinary scenarios from the field. What If? boxes feature short scenarios for the you to think about how you would handle a situation in the workplace. Case studies use fictional vignettes to illustrate the issues involved with the specific skills. Down a Dark Road vignettes illustrate what can go terribly wrong when a skill is ignored or not mastered. Behavioral objectives provided for mastering each skill. Worktext format with journaling activities give you opportunities for self reflection on your skills progress. Experiential Exercises are actions or experiments that you can perform on your own to gain a deeper appreciation for the skill. Cross Currents with Other Skills cross references related skills, pointing out the synergies and connections between them.
Isobel had seen signs of it before, but she had pushed it to the back of her mind,
not quite sure that she had seen what she had seen. The last thing she ever
expected to see from Mario was Medicare fraud. It started last August when Mr.
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
Bestselling author Holly Chamberlin welcomes readers to the sunny beaches and unspoiled beauty of Maine, in this poignant, thoughtful novel of a mother and daughter in the midst of profound change . . . When Louise Bessire was living in Boston, she dreamed of another way of life, far from the phony smiles and small-talk of corporate dinners. Now she’s got what she wanted—though not exactly in the way she hoped. Blindsided by her husband’s affair, Louise has used her divorce settlement to buy Blueberry Bay, a picturesque bed and breakfast in Ogunquit. And with a celebrity wedding taking place on the premises this summer, business is looking up. While Louise deals with paparazzi and wedding planners, her sixteen-year-old daughter, Isobel, is falling hard for local boy Jeff Otten. Being singled out by Jeff—nineteen, handsome, and from a wealthy family—almost makes up for her father’s increasing neglect. Yet even in the glow of golden beach days there are sudden, heart-wrenching revelations for both Louise and Isobel. It will be a summer that tests their strength and courage and proves that through every changing season, nothing is as steadfast as a mother’s love . . .
But before long, and as was natural, Louise steered the conversation to Isobel. “I
want her to be more established as her own person,” Louise said, “before I
venture back into the world of dating. It's one of the reasons I'm really glad she
has the ...
Author: Holly Chamberlin
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Orphaned at a young age, Isobel dreams of marriage and a family of her own after graduation from college. Her plans come to a grinding halt when her potential in-laws reject her because of her ethnic appearance. She doesn’t fit into their class-conscious, blue-blooded, American society. Broken-hearted, she retreats to the home her last living relative, Aunt Betty. When her aunt dies, she discovers a family secret: that she isn’t who she thought she was! Isobel was raised to believe she was part Japanese and part Caucasian-American, but she finds proof that her ethnicity is totally different and that her birth mother might still be living. She determines to seek out her biological family and in the process finds a heritage far greater than she ever anticipated.
Isobel was only starting to grasp the significance of their communication. Her
aunt left all to her, but all also meant debts as well as assets, and it sounded like
the debts amounted to more than the assets. “How bad is it?” Isobel asked softly.
Author: JEANNE F. BROOKS
Publisher: WestBow Press
Love is in the cards for a young Scottish heiress in the first book of a delicious new trilogy of historical romances, Secrets of the Loch, from New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp. A family legend of hidden treasure mingles with the mist over the shores of Loch Baille… But it’s not the cache of gold dating back to Culloden that Jack Kensington claims when he arrives in the Highlands; it’s the house he won in a London card game from a luckless Scotsman. Stunned to learn that her wastrel brother wagered their family estate, Isobel Rose must find a way to save her home and the people she loves…even if it means accepting a loveless marriage. Or perhaps not so loveless? Isobel unlocks the secrets of desire in the arms of the mysterious and handsome Englishman, but a series of “accidents” makes her fear that she will soon be a widow instead of a wife. As their hunt for lost riches turns into the search for a killer, Isobel fights her attraction to the man who stole her birthright…but can Jack convince Isobel that he can provide a home for her heart, and a love to treasure?
than Isobel had imagined. Surely that would make up for the annoyance of his
teasing. “When do you plan the nuptials?” Elizabeth asked, turning to Isobel, and
Isobel could only stare blankly back at her. “We would like to wed as soon as ...
Author: Candace Camp
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
His Lady in Waiting In her long years at the convent, waiting for her betrothed, Lady Isobel de Turenne has built the Comte d'Aveyron into a fantasy—a man who will rescue, protect and love her.… But when the comte finally returns to claim his bride, Isobel finds instead a man of contradictions—one who masks dark secrets with desire. Wary of a man's touch but desperate to grasp her new freedom, Isobel must decide if it's solely duty forcing the comte to marry or whether he is truly her longed-for champion.
Isobel nodded. 'My lady, is that wise? Count Lucien forbad it.' Elise's gaze was
keen. 'Are you going out of spite?' Something in Elise's tone caught Isobel's
attention. 'Spite? Where did you get that idea?' 'The gossips in the Rue Moyenne.
Author: Carol Townend
John , on the other hand , contended , That , in the case which happened , Janet
their mother was not an heir of provision , but a conditional institute ; and that the
institution was purified by Isobel's predecease without issue . To make out this ...
Author: Scotland. Court of Session
Category: Law reports, digests, etc
Lady Isobel is a Norman laird's daughter, living near the Scots border where her father, Lord Pembroke, is trying to keep the peace. But her mother was a Highlander and the man Isobel loves most of all is Laird Marcus McEwan, who has been bringing news of her mother's people for years. But now Isobel's father wishes her wed to an English nobleman, who will carry on his title. Isobel will wed no other man but her heart's desire--and that is one braw Highlander from her mother's homeland.Laird Marcus McEwan has loved the feisty lass forever. For years, Marcus has tried to convince Lord Pembroke to allow him to wed his daughter. But the Norman lord will not allow it. Then ambushes and murders make it too dangerous for Marcus to reach a peaceful resolution.Nothing goes as planned and keeping the lass for his own is fraught with danger, as they try to determine who was behind the killings. Isobel and Marcus will do everything in their power to ensure they are together as they have always vowed they would be.
Marcus couldn't believe that Isobel had managed to see him alone and while the
fighting was going on. Though he had been glad to share a moment with her, he
wouldn't stop worrying about her safety until Rob returned safely himself.
Author: Terry Spear
Publisher: Terry Spear
Our Own Kind is a World War II novel without the combat, a novel about the America the soldiers left behind. Anne Weiss depicts here in families of different social and income levels the effects of the war in daily experience as well as on the greater occasions of weddings and funerals. Hers is an Our Town view of an upstate New York town called Westerveldt, where the importance of the characters behavior and conversation is historically clear to us while dimly perceptible to them. They feel helplessly caught up in events they cant control. The Osterhoudts and Van Leuvens, the old established families, as well as the Sloanes and Mancusos in trade and contract work, see their sons dying overseas, their daughters marrying out of their own class, the war affecting their customs and privileges, all sorts of changes taking place in a world they thought they knew. As the author makes clear, this uncertainty and threat to their own kind affects everyone in the novel of every class and age. In a style of subtle understatement Anne Weiss shows her two main characters, Emily Osterhoudt, home from college, and Mary D. Van Leuven, still in high school, as shrewd inside observers forcing the action while resisting social pressure if not rebelling against circumstance and upbringing. Our Own Kind is a many-sided moving account of a World War II America that prefigures something of our more recent homeland anxieties.
Have fun.” Gus had brought sherry for Isobel and his mother, something else for
himself, and a flashlight that he beamed at his mother every time she reached for
a sip. “Where is Mary D.?” Augusta asked. “She shouldn't be out in a dark city.
Author: Anne de la Vergne Weiss
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Raising herself after her mother abandons her and her father sinks into alcoholism, eleven-year-old Isobel is rescued by Emma Swallow, an ageless giant of a woman who becomes a strong and dependable figure in Isobel's shaky life. Reprint.
Author: Kathleen King
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
When Ron and Sandi's child, Isobel, falls ill. Is it a medical emergency-or is it something more? Has nature gone another step in evolution? A small parasite has turned into a bit more than an everyday problem?
Reluctantly Isobel took one of the fingers and started to eat. The toaster popped
again. After seeing that Isobel was trying to eat something, Sandi got up and
came back to the worktop. Sandi buttered up the two fresh pieces of toast and put
Author: ron wingrove
One beautiful home, four unfamiliar faces... Marcia Willett's uplifting novel Second Time Around tells the tale of three cousins who are brought together, each in desperate need of a sense of belonging. The perfect read for fans of Liz Fenwick and Harriet Evans. When Mathilda Rainbird bequeaths her beautiful house in a Devonshire cove to three unknown relatives, she brings together a group of people who all secretly yearn for a sense of belonging. Tessa, a delightful twenty-two-year-old, still misses her dead parents and brother but has learned that it is better to be alone than to be with the wrong people. Will, a retired widow, is by nature a positive man. Enchanted by Mathilda's house and drawn to Isobel, Mathilda's housekeeper who still lives in the cove, he sees life taking an exciting turn. Beatrice, a retired prep-school matron, thinks the idea of living with her cousins is preposterous. But a magical Christmas spent in the cove soon wins her over. As they muck in together it is as though they have known each other all their lives. Isobel, who still grieves for her dear friend, recognises Mathilda in each one of them as she is warmly accepted as part of this delightful and truly extraordinary family. What readers are saying about Second Time Around: 'The descriptions of place and time are stunning' 'By the time you finish, the characters have become close friends and you can hardly bear to say goodbye. You shared their grief and moments of happiness - that almost certainly means that you have both cried and laughed' 'A wonderful setting'
This was because Isobel was lonely and had a need to talk to someone rather
than because Mathilda was a natural confidante. The fact that she had been so
much alone meant that she had lived through few of the experiences which
Author: Marcia Willett
Publisher: Hachette UK
Isobel Miller gave up God for worldly pursuits. But as graduation approached and her engagement was broken, she questioned that decision. 'If You will prove to me that You are, and if You will give me peace, I will give You my whole life.' God heard Isobel's prayers and responded. He reached out to her, ending years of searching and building her up for decades of fruitful missionary service with her husband, John Kuhn, in China.
' God heard Isobel's prayers and responded. He reached out to her, ending years of searching and building her up for decades of fruitful missionary service with her husband, John Kuhn, in China.
Author: Isobel Kuhn
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Discovering the savage truth… Pregnant and single, Isobel Dorland yearns for a real family life. But though she's head over heels in love with the father of her child, she knows that he's in no position to offer her marriage. Resolving that she must start anew, Belle leaves her hometown quietly—without telling Jared where she's going—or that she's carrying his baby. But she hasn't reckoned on Jared's determination. He wants her, and it can only be a matter of time before he discovers her whereabouts—and the truth…
Isobel pulled her wrist out of his grasp, rubbing at the place where his thumb had
been as if trying to erase any trace of his touch. 'You said you'd never leave
Elizabeth. How do I know you're not just saying this now because nothing else
Author: Anne Mather
In ISOBEL'S WEDDING from no. 1 bestselling author Sheila O'Flanagan, Isobel faces every bride-to-be's worst nightmare. Not to be missed by readers of Freya North and Veronica Henry. Four hundred and twenty pearls hand-sewn onto the wedding dress. The Mediterranean honeymoon booked for months. A pile of presents bigger than Everest. And her lovely Tim, the most perfect bridegroom a girl could wish for. Except, two weeks before the wedding, he changes his mind... Isobel's wedding is off. Her world in tatters, Isobel turns to Spain, a new job, a new life and as many men as she can decently manage. Including the very appealing Nico with whom, she feels, there could be a long-term future. But part of Isobel knows that she will have to go back home some day. And that, despite all that's happened since she left, she still has unfinished business... What readers are saying about Isobel's Wedding: 'The best book I have ever read. I wish Sheila O'Flanagan would write another novel about Isabel as she was such a fantastic, normal, real character' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars 'Fabulous! Not only do I feel like I was taken on a stunning journey through Madrid, but the ending was spot on. I just wanted more, more, more!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 'A great novel with an unbelievable ending' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 'I would strongly recommend this to anyone looking for a compelling and light-hearted funny book' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
There were four hundred and twenty of them. I'd never sew a pearl onto a dress
again. 'Isobel! It's for you!' Alison stood at the bottom of the stairs and yelled at me
. 'It's your fiancé.' She broke into a guffaw at the word 'fiancé'. She always did.
Author: Sheila O'Flanagan
Publisher: Hachette UK
In that case a conveyance by lease and Russell and W. R. Ellis , for William
Anderson and release was held to change the descent of the reversion ; Janet
Shand , contended , that on the death of Isobel and in this case any of the parties
, by a ...