Housewife Superstar!

Advice (and Much More) from a Nonagenarian Domestic Goddess

Danielle Wood

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The life, advice, and many marriages of a ninety-something Tasmanian domestic goddess, the real-life Dame Edna

Marjorie Bligh is the ninety-five-year-old Martha Stewart you didn’t know you were missing. Does your goldfish have constipation? Feed it Epsom salts. Have you run out of blush? Cut a beet in half and slap it on your cheeks. Are there possums in your ceiling? Housewife Superstar will tell you how to get them out. Famous for never wasting a thing, Marjorie crochets her bedspreads from plastic bags and used panty hose, and protects the plants in her garden with bras. In 1958, upon entering the food and craft contests at her town show, she won in seventy-eight categories; the next year she won in seventy-two but was denied the trophy by jealous rivals.
     Once divorced and twice widowed, Marjorie is, according to her colossal fan Barry Humphries (of Dame Edna fame), “no slouch in the matrimonial department.” Her first husband, Cliff, was loving but turned brutal. Her second marriage, to preacher and schoolteacher Adrian, was punctuated by endless love notes, breakfasts in bed, and territorial fights with his adult daughters. She snagged her third husband, Eric—a bus driver—with promises of fruitcake and flirtatious glances in his rearview mirror. Marjorie designed two homes and a museum devoted to her creations, worked for half a century as a journalist and columnist, and raised two sons, all while building a devoted following. Danielle Wood’s Housewife Superstar is an illuminating look at a treasure.

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MARJORIE Pearsall was born on April 14 of 1917, the same year that John F. Kennedy, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Vera Lynn and Ella Fitzgerald came into the world. In that year cinema screens were filled with Theda Bara’s Cleopatra eyes and Charlie Chaplin’s moustached face, and gramophones were spinning out popular wartime songs like ‘Over There’ and ‘You’re in the Army Now’. In the skies over Europe the Red Baron shot down twenty-one Allied planes in the month of Marjorie’s birth.

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“I don’t think Edna has ever admired anyone as much as she admires Marjorie Bligh.” —Barry Humphries (Dame Edna)

“Prepare to become obsessed with Marjorie. She’s a human fascinator—one she made herself.” —Kaz Cooke, author of Real Gorgeous


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Danielle Wood was born in Tasmania in 1972. Her first novel, The Alphabet of Light and Dark, won the 2002 Australian/Vogel Literary Award and was short-listed for the 2004 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize in the Best First Book category.

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Housewife Superstar!
Advice (and Much More) from a Nonagenarian Domestic Goddess
Danielle Wood

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Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
May 2013
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ISBN: 9780865478909
ISBN10: 0865478902
224 pages, 8 Pages of Full-Color Illustrations/47 Black-and-White Illustrations in Text
$9.99

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May 2013
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ISBN: 9780865478893
ISBN10: 0865478899
6 x 9 inches, 224 pages, 8 Pages of Full-Color Illustrations/47 Black-and-White Illustrations in Text
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