AU PAIR

Au Pair(1993) – novel

McPhee Gribble – 1993
Scribe – 2013 – ebook

Shortlisted Australian Vogel Award 1992

‘McGregor’s interest in social comedy is matched by her attentiveness to language … there is much finely rendered observation, particularly of Parisian street and skyscapes … Kept disarmingly simple, McGregor’s prose can be sharply evocative.’
Michelle de Kretser, Australian Women’s Book Review

‘McGregor’s vignettes of family life are spot on, and extremely wittily done … [her] elegant, readable prose keeps the whole thing fresh and bubbling.’
Imre Saluszinsky, The Weekend Australian

‘Au Pair whizzes with energy … There are many telling evocations of Paris — the novel is notable for McGregor’s sharp observation.’
Andrew Riemer, The Sydney Morning Herald

‘This is a work of delicious good fun and alarming talent. It is a challenge to find enough words to stretch across a description of this novel: clever, hilarious, wry, subtle, intense, sad, knowing. Au Pair circumscribes a fictional world as immediate, busy, densely occupied and richly detailed as the city of the novel’s setting, Paris. This is achieved with the rapid but effortless felicity of a sure-touch novelist. Perhaps more remarkable is the way in which McGregor turns the sods of well-trodden narrative territory — the overseas sojourn of the yet-to-become — into good earth … Style and individuality are stamped all over this book.’
Karen Lamb, The Age