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All Day Saturday Paperback – 19 Sep 2009

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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; Main edition (19 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571242707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571242702
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,199,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Colin MacInnes

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Like "June in Her Spring" published fourteen years earlier, "All Day Saturday", is set in Australia, the country where Colin MacInnes spent much of his youth. Indeed, the two books are not just set in the same country, but during the same period (the 1920s), in the same rural district of Victoria and among the same social milieu, the "squattocracy" or Australia's own landed gentry of wealthy farmers and ranchers.

It is a hot summer Saturday and Mrs Helen Bailey, the wife of a wealthy sheep-farmer, is giving a party. Mrs Bailey is attractive woman in her late thirties, but her marriage is not a happy one. Her husband, Walter, has much in common with Nathan Westley in" June in Her Spring"; both men are withdrawn, melancholy and taciturn, haunted by suicidal thoughts. Unlike the Westleys who have two children, however, the Baileys are childless. Lacking any affection from her husband, Helen has taken to flirting (although not actually conducting affairs) with other men and has acquired the reputation of the "femme fatale" of the district.

The title reflects the fact that this is one of those novels, like Joyce's "Ulysses" or Malcolm Lowry's "Under the Volcano", where the whole of the action takes place during a single day- in this case the day of Helen's party. The book charts the relationships between the Baileys and their various guests. A key figure is Norman Culley, an ambitious young man on the make, good-looking but arrogant and socially awkward, with a gift for alienating people. Despite his difficult, prickly character, Helen has fallen passionately in love with Norman and this passion will prove to be an important driving force in the plot.
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