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A Room Made of Leaves

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by Kate Grenville

Hardback Publication Date: 02/07/2020

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The first new novel in almost ten years from award-winning, bestselling author Kate Grenville.

What if Elizabeth Macarthur-wife of the notorious John Macarthur, wool baron in the earliest days of Sydney-had written a shockingly frank secret memoir? And what if novelist Kate Grenville had miraculously found and published it? That's the starting point for A Room Made of Leaves, a playful dance of possibilities between the real and the invented.

Marriage to a ruthless bully, the impulses of her heart, the search for power in a society that gave women none- this Elizabeth Macarthur manages her complicated life with spirit and passion, cunning and sly wit. Her memoir lets us hear-at last!-what one of those seemingly demure women from history might really have thought.

At the centre of A Room Made of Leaves is one of the most toxic issues of our own age- the seductive appeal of false stories. This book may be set in the past, but it's just as much about the present, where secrets and lies have the dangerous power to shape reality.

Kate Grenville's return to the territory of The Secret River is historical fiction turned inside out, a stunning sleight of hand by one of our most original writers.

ISBN:
9781922330024
9781922330024
Category:
Historical Fiction
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
02-07-2020
Publisher:
Text Publishing
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
352
Dimensions (mm):
240x161x30mm
Weight:
0.59kg
Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville is one of Australia's most celebrated writers. Her bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize.

Grenville's other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Lilian's Story, Dark Places and Joan Makes History. Kate lives in Sydney and her most works are the non-fiction books One Life- My Mother's Story and The Case Against Fragrance.

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  • A ROOM MADE OF LEAVES

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    Kate Greenville's first book in...I think.?... approximately 10 years....doesn't disappoint!
    Her masterly way of combining historical FICTION with historical FACTS again to the fore...& as always....the result is a compelling read. It's a picture not only of Elizabeth Macarthur's extraordinary life....but also a rivetting picture of Sydney (& of course, Parramatta) following the arrival of the Second Fleet. What's so interesting is that not much mention is made of the beauty of the Harbour, etc...but rather bringing to life the raw & brutal life of the Colony then...& the beginning of the end of the way of life for the indigenous people who had lived there for aeons.
    This book is a must-read for anyone who loves history...& just beautifully-written storytelling.