First edition (publ. Heinemann)
|Author||Dymphna Cusack and Florence James|
|Preceded by||Pioneers on Parade|
|Followed by||Say No to Death|
The title refers to a phrase used in the Australian gambling game of two-up. "Come in spinner" is the call given by the game manager when all bets are placed and the coins are ready to be tossed.
The book tells the story of three women, Claire, Guinea, and Deb, who are co-workers in the beauty salon of an exclusive Sydney hotel. The story weaves together these characters with their familial and romantic relationships, as they struggle to manage the realities of working for the privileged upper classes, to whom no rules apply, while their own families cope with wartime deaths and losses, rationing, government manpower recruitment, and stiflingly conservative attitudes surrounding the role and perception of the "acceptable" behaviour of women.
The original novel was so controversial that it could only be published in abridged form. The characters' journeys cover such topics as abortion, adultery, prostitution and rape, as well as promiscuity and the black market. The book was restored to its original form by Florence James and republished in 1987, partly due to the interest caused by the development of a television adaptation of the book. Unfortunately Dymphna Cusack was not able to take part in this restoration or witness the renewed popularity of the novel, as she died in 1981.
|Come in Spinner|
|Based on||Novel by Dymphna Cusack and Florence James|
|Written by||Lissa Benyon|
|Directed by||Robert Marchand|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|Original network||Australian Broadcasting Corporation|
|Original release||28 March 1990|
In 1989-90, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation made a television mini-series based on the novel, starring Lisa Harrow, Kerry Armstrong and Rebecca Gibney. It was well received by critics and audiences, and was released on DVD in 2005. A soundtrack album was released featuring Grace Knight and Vince Jones produced by Martin Armiger with arrangements and conducting by Derek Williams and William Motzing, which earned platinum sales awards.