The Freudian Slip by Marion Von Adlerstein


Set in Sydney in 1963, The Freudian Slip is Marion Von Adlerstein’s first work of fiction after a long career in advertising and the media, which included a stint as a journalist with Vogue Magazine that spanned more than twenty years.  

It is the story of three very different women, all based at the same advertising company, and how they go about their working week surviving in a “man’s world”, while at the same time trying to work
out what they want in their private lives. 

The Freudian Slip is a window into Von Adlerstein’s life during the 1960s when the world started to change; skirts became shorter, bathing costumes briefer and social rules looser.  She said she felt compelled to write the book after watching the award-winning television show Mad Men, also set in the 1960s, but in New York City.  Von Adlerstein wanted to tell it how it really was, from a woman’s point of view.  

The book is a perfect holiday read, especially if you are heading to Sydney, and a wonderful insight into the advertising game in the 1960s. Von Alderstein has also penned two works of non-fiction, The Passionate Shopper and The Penguin Book of Etiquette.

My rating: ★★★★★

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