Harriet Chandler: a novella

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Costello, M 2014, Harriet Chandler: a novella, Short Odds Publications, Lismore, NSW.


HARRIET CHANDLER is a fictional biography, a hybrid text that dwells on textuality, meditates on intertextuality. Chandler first appeared as a minor character in Murray Bail's 1987 novel Holden's Performance.

Harriet Chandler's a remarkable character: a victim of Australia’s 1930s–1940s polio epidemics, she has a house, drives a car, runs a freelance career as a visual artist, and conducts lone protests against the Queen’s visit and a Miss Australia quest held in Manly’s Epic Theatre.

This is her back and forward story.