Books sets or written by Melbournians Prt. 2.
All that False Instruction by Kerryn Higgs.
This is the story of Maureen, a Melbourne University student whose story centers around her coming to terms with her life as a lesbian, and how those around her (including her friends, the University) deal with it.
The amazing thing about this book is that it was set in the 60s, and was published in 1975. It won a number of literary prizes, and grew a following in New York.
Higgs wrote the book under the name Elizabeth Riley, and it was only in 2001 that the book was republished with her real name on the cover.
Kerryn Higgs now lives in New York and Sydney, the former were she writes a webdiary columnist who writes about political and environmental matters that are close to her heart.
This book is a lot like Monkey Grip – Maureen lives in a share house in Carlton, and goes from country Victoria where her family lives often, like Nora in Monkey Grip does. This really shows the contrast between country and city lifestyles.
The most interesting thing however, would have to be the sexuality issue, just to see how people dealt with it back then, how they thought that it was a ‘phase’ that Maureen was going through.
It also gives us a glimpse of house parties, and university life in the 1960s in Melbourne. – It’s a Melbourne cult classic, and if you haven’t read it, go find it and check it out!