By Georgeanne Brennan
From the writer of Under the Tuscan Sun comes one other impressive memoir of a girl embarking on a brand new lifethis time within the South of France. Thirty years in the past, James Beard Award-winning writer Georgeanne Brennan got down to become aware of the dream of a calm, rural lifestyles en Provence. She and her husband, with their younger daughter in tow, obtained a small farmhouse with a bit land, and some goats and pigsand so all started a life-affirming trip. full of scrumptious recipes and native colour, this evocative and passionate memoir describes her existence cooking and residing within the Provenal traditionan entrancing story that may whet the urge for food and the spiritperfect for foodies, Francophiles, or someone who's dreamed of packing their luggage and purchasing a price ticket to the nice lifestyles.
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When I first met her she was in rehearsal for a production of The Glass Menagerie in which she was playing the lame daughter, Laura. She was very serious about her art and walked around the library with a stone in her shoe to practise her limp for the part. Her name was Edna Baker and she eventually landed a job in the TV series Number 96, after changing her name to Philippa. One of her friends was a budding playwright called Peter Kenna and he often used to visit her at the library. Another of my employer’s protégées was the young composer Richard Meale, who lived in Marrickville and was often seen in the music room at the library discussing his career with my boss.
He later achieved notoriety through what became known in the press as the Bogle–Chandler murder case. He has had a cloud over him since the early sixties when his wife, Margaret, and another scientist, Dr Gilbert Bogle, died mysteriously in Lane Cove National Park after they had all been guests at a New Year’s Eve party. The cause of their deaths was never revealed, but one of the theories at the time was that they were murdered by someone who knew them and who had access to an exotic poison. There was later some speculation that they died from the effects of LSD.
We invented stories about 26 Noeline Brown pgs 22/4/05 2:20 PM Page 27 ALWAYS IN STRIFE the people who lived there. We imagined the owners might have been vampires, which meant they would only be able to come out at night. Then, one day, when I was on my own, on an errand for my mother, I walked past the front fence and I did actually catch a glimpse of something moving. A person came to the gate and opened it slightly. I just managed to catch sight of a young girl before she backed away. She was maybe a little older than I was and she looked quite different.