Leaning Towards Infinity

Author(s): Sue Woolfe

Australian Fiction

This edition is Out of Print as at March 2010. Sue Woolfe's runaway best seller in Australia breaks long-held taboos about sex and mothering. Leaning Towards Infinity is an achingly honest, at times hilarious, vision of a heretofore unspoken world of mothers, daughters, genius, failed genius, sex, academic politics, and breasts. Through three generations of a family and over several continents, Woolfe explores and prods at the force of brilliance in some women, and the actions of genius, but equally she casts a searchlight around the dark world of having to be a mother, that paradox where infinite love must withstand the daily onslaught of sleeplessness, anger, and selfishness.  

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Winner of the 1996 Christina Stead Prize for fiction

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for best book, South East Asia and Pacific

Short-listed for almost every major Australian award, and the US Tip Tree Award.

“For the Australian book of the century I would nominate….Sue Woolfe’s Leaning Towards Infinity for its luminous melding of style and subject matter.” --Jack Dann, Australian Style 1999

“What a glorious, nourishing, tumultuous novel.”--Fay Weldon

“Most readers would find themselves wishing that Leaning Towards Infinity would never end.” --MS Magazine

“Remarkable…provocative, moving, and intelligent” --Times Literary Supplement

“Woolfe’s name can sit besides Marquez’s with scarcely a blush.” --Daily Telegraph

“The deepest novel of ideas for years” --Baltimore Sun

“Captivating from the very first line” --Boston Globe

“Astonishing – a yearning for mother love so fierce it virtually wrenches itself from the page” --She Magazine

“It changed the way I think about mathematics and its place in the world.” --Phil Kutzo, Professor of Mathematics, University of Iowa, USA.

General Fields

  • : 9780091840167
  • : Random House Australia
  • : Vintage (Australia)
  • : 0.293
  • : April 1999
  • : 198mm X 131mm X 26mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sue Woolfe
  • : Paperback