Title: The End of My Career
Author: Franklin, Miles
Publisher: Washington Square Press, New York
Publication Date: 1984
Edition: First Washing Square Press Edition
Book Condition: VG
Synopsis: In the hilarious sequel to My Brilliant Career Sybylla Melvyn chronicles her continued dissatisfaction with life at ‘Possum Gully and her attemtps to break free of 19th century convention. She sets out to write a book and ends up writing her autobiography, a work “seething with discontents and pain.” To her surprise, the book is published and she becomes an overnight sensation. As Sybylla puts it, “girls from all over Australia wrote to tell me that I had expressed the innermost core of their hearts.” Eager to escape her dreary life at home, Sybylla ventures to Sydney to be entertained by other writers, society people, and a host of would-be suitors. She describes every detail in her own brand of outrageous honesty, never afraid to poke fun at herself as well as those around her. Although The End of My Career is a work of fiction, it is based on events in the life of Stella Franklin aka Miles Franklin after her book My Brilliant Career was published. Both books are laugh-out-loud funny, brimming with insight and vitality, and breathtakingly evocative of a particular time and place: turn of the century Australia.