Lilian'S Story

Lilian'S Story 1

by Kate Grenville

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/05/2008

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Winner of the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award 1984.

'Dazzling fiction of universal appeal' Patrick White

'A work of considerable beauty and power.told with great honesty and virtuosity.' - New York Times Book Review

This is the story of Lilian Singer, born on 'a wild night in the year of Federation' into a stifling household which totally fails to subdue her.

Madness, cruelty and sexuality permeate the household but Lilian's sights are set on education, love and - finally - her own transcendent forms of independence.

Lilian Singer is, or becomes, that rare being: an eccentric true to her own self whose story reaches out to touch and delight the most discerning reader. She radiates energy and vitality through every page of this striking work. Lilian's Story is the most loved and enduring of Kate Grenville's fictional creations.
ISBN:
9781741754902
9781741754902
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-05-2008
Publisher:
ALLEN & UNWIN
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
336
Dimensions (mm):
195x130x28mm
Weight:
0.32kg
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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  • At times funny and at other times very sad

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    Lilian's Story was Kate Grenville's debut novel and it is tremendous. It is the story of Lilian and she is a truly memorable character. It shifts between her younger years as a girl living in a repressive household, to her teenage years where she is ostracized for being different and to her latter years walking the streets of Sydney giving public recitations. It is a poignant dissection of how someone's life can be completely taken off course.