Published: 1 March 2019
ISBN ePUB: 978-1-925384-74-1
eBook Price: $9.99
Categories: Modern and contemporary fiction
Virginia Duigan wrote the screenplay of the 1998 movie The Leading Man, starring Jon Bon Jovi, Thandie Newton and Barry Humphries. Before becoming a novelist, Duigan worked as a journalist, broadcaster, editor and TV scriptwriter. She was a freelance contributor to The Bulletin, The Age, The Australian, The Financial Review, Cinema Papers, and in London to the The Observer and The Times. She was Literary Editor of The National Times, and a theatre, book, film and restaurant reviewer. She has written three novels: The Precipice, Days Like These and The Biographer. Born in Cambridge she now lives in both Sydney and London with her husband, film director Bruce Beresford.
The Age of Discretion
When the sex in Vivien Quarry’s thirty-two-year marriage dwindles to nothing, her husband Geoff finally gives her a reason: ‘Men are hardwired to not find older women attractive’.
This unforgivable statement, uttered by a man long past his Adonis years, prompts Vivien to take drastic action. At sixty-seven, she most definitely doesn’t feel ‘past it’, and so enlists the services of the enigmatic Martin Glover from The Discretion Agency.
Under the sardonic eye of her oldest friend Jules, a world-famous operatic soprano facing the closing years of a brilliant career, Viv embarks on a series of wildly unpredictable, and sometimes hilariously cringeworthy dates – with wholly unexpected consequences.
Told with great humour and heart, the accomplished Virginia Duigan delivers a provocative and profoundly relatable story that proves living is not reserved for the young.
Praise for The Age of Discretion
“With dry, wry wit, Duigan’s perspicacious, often poignant tale of middle-aged love and lust, not only sizzles with sexiness and mischief - it also proves that women do not pass our Amuse-by dates, but, like vintage vino, simply become more and more delicious. Read at your own risque!”
KATHY LETTE, AUTHOR OF PUBERTY BLUES
“I was immediately captivated, frequently laughing out loud and admiring of Duigan’s skilful writing and smart dialogue.”
LIZ BYRSKI, AUTHOR OF A MONTH OF SUNDAY’S
‘It’s high-end chick-lit for the over 55’s, underpinned by the intelligent and generous idea that desire comes in many guises and is nobody’s business but your own.’
'This novel is an unabashed rom-com. There will be setbacks, sexual ones and professional ones. But will it all work out in the end? Duigan does like to sprinkle a bit of fairy dust on everyone, yet at the same time she examines contentious issues, perhaps too briefly. There’s a point and a message to be made: that modern relationships can be stitched together with oddly coloured, mismatched threads and that age is no barrier to a sexually fulfilling love life.’
THUY ON, BOOKS EDITOR, THE BIG ISSUE
Praise for Virginia’s past novels
‘Highly recommended.’ ABC’S THE BOOK SHOW
‘Captivating’ THE AUSTRALIAN
‘Duigan is a wonderful writer’ THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH