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Lola Bensky is the newest novel from the prolific novelist, poet, and essayist Lily Brett.

Lola Bensky is a nineteen-year-old rock journalist who irons her hair straight and asks a lot of questions. A high-school dropout, she’s not sure how she got the job – but she’s been sent by her Australian newspaper right to the heart of the London music scene at the most exciting time in music history: 1967.
Lola spends her days planning diets and interviewing rock stars. In London, Mick Jagger makes her a cup of tea, Jimi Hendrix (possibly) propositions her and Cher borrows her false eyelashes. At the Monterey Pop Festival, Lola props up Brian Jones and talks to Janis Joplin about sex. In Los Angeles, she discusses being overweight with Mama Cass and tries to pluck up the courage to ask Cher to return her false eyelashes.

Lola has an irrepressible curiosity, but she begins to wonder whether the questions she asks these extraordinary young musicians are really a substitute for questions about her parents’ calamitous past that can’t be asked or answered. As Lola moves on through marriage, motherhood, psychoanalysis and a close relationship with an unexpected pair of detectives, she discovers the question of what it means to be human is the hardest one for anyone – including herself – to answer.

Drawing on her own experiences as a young journalist, the bestselling author of Too Many Men has created an unforgettable character in the unconventional and courageous Lola Bensky. Genuinely funny and deeply moving, Lola Bensky shows why Lily Brett is one of our most distinctive and internationally acclaimed authors.

Over the course of her writing career, Lily Brett has published many popular and critically acclaimed books and has won several awards for her work.


You Gotta Have Balls
Too Many Men
Just Like That
What God Wants
Things Could Be Worse


Between Mexico and Poland
New York
In Full View


Mud In My Tears
In Her Strapless Dresses
Unintended Consequences
After the War
Poland and Other Poems
The Auschwitz Poems

Lily Brett

As a contributor:

A House Somewhere: Tales of Life Abroad
Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the Best Travel Books in 2002 for the Holidays.