Author(s): Robert Hillman
Tom Hope doesn't think he's much of a farmer, but he's doing his best. He can't have been much of a husband to Trudy, either, judging by her sudden departure. It's only when she returns, pregnant to someone else, that he discovers his surprising talent as a father. So when Trudy finds Jesus and takes little Peter away with her to join the holy rollers, Tom's heart breaks all over again. Enter Hannah Babel, quixotic small town bookseller- the second Jew - and the most vivid person - Tom has ever met. He dares to believe they could make each other happy. But it is 1968- twenty-four years since Hannah and her own little boy arrived at Auschwitz. Tom Hope is taking on a battle with heartbreak he can barely even begin to imagine.
`While it may not be a novel's main purpose, certainly one of its pleasures can lie in how it witnesses the history of the form itself...Robert Hillman's Joyful is most immediately a nineteenth-century novel, a detailed work that portrays an entire, sealed world of complex and ultimately connected storylines.' * Australian Book Review, on Joyful * `Counting against all [the] business is Hillman's gift for compelling characters, the elegance of his prose and his genius with inventive, surprising dialogue.' * The Saturday Paper, on Joyful * `Hillman's prose is a pleasure to read, elegantly alert to the paradox of strong feeling [and] full of poetry.' * Australian, on Joyful *
Robert Hillman has written a number of books including his 2004 memoir The Boy in the Green Suit, which won the National Biography Award, and Joyful, published by Text in 2014. He lives in Melbourne.