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This is an auction for THE MATHEMATICS OF JANE AUSTEN & OTHER STORIES, by Elizabeth Smither.

"Jane Austen must have been very fond of the number two. Have you never noticed it? Two proposals by Darcy; two good sisters (and three foolish ones); two ill-mannered matriarchs, Mrs Bennet and Lady Catherine de Bourgh; two unsuitable suitors, Mr Collins and George Wickham."

So begins a recently published short story. Readers outside New Zealand may not yet be aware of this book by Elizabeth Smither, an established writer from Palmerston North. While the other stories in this collection do not share an Austen theme, they contain many other literary allusions which add much to the readers enjoyment and reflect Ms Smithers' background as a librarian."



Rose Madder


A Turkish proverb

The Mathematics of Jane Austen

The Ladies Chatterley's Gardener

Big Bertha

The Pulley



Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

The Lark Quartet

Abraham, Edward Ernest, Jacob and Nina

Milly-Molly Mandy

Six Sisters from Ouse

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elizabeth Smither is a poet, novelist and short story writer. Her numerous collections of poetry have been published alongside several novels and short story collections. Her poetic style is considered idiosyncratic while it moves beyond the self-referential into the areas of legendary characters, Catholicism and the workings of language itself. Of her poems she writes, ‘you have to use all your senses to crack them open.’ As well as receiving numerous other awards, Elizabeth Smither was named the 2002 Te Mata Poet Laureate.

Hardback 1997.

222 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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