Author(s): Dymphna Cusack
Come in Spinner, a collaboration with Florence James, was an immediate sensation when it was first published in an abridged edition in 1951. (The complete edition was published by A&R in the 1980s.) Set in a beauty salon at the Hotel South Pacific in wartime Sydney, it revolves around the lives and loves of three women - Deb, Guinea and Claire. Their romantic entanglements are further complicated by the tensions of war, with American troops in 'occupation' and at a time when anything could be obtained - for a price.