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A Room Made of Leaves


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Kate Grenville's 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.


Beautifully written, insistently eloquent and expressive of connection . . . [a] stunning literary achievement * * Guardian * *
Kate Grenville spins a delicately teasing novel about the inherent untrustworthiness of the official record . . . beautiful and subtle * * Financial Times * *
Grenville cleverly uses Elizabeth's bland and pleasant missives home, showing that they were a carefully constructed fiction. The real Elizabeth - passionate, clever and endlessly resilient - is brilliantly conjured * * The Times * *
Kate Grenville gives voice to this reticent woman, allowing her smart, sparky, shrewd heroine a chance "at last to speak" . . . eloquent [and] evocative * * Daily Mail * *
The absorbing story of a woman discovering herself in the vast expanse of a new world, told in rich, insightful prose * * Sunday Times * *
Vivid, lyrical and engrossing. Both authentic and imaginative, the voice of the female narrator quietly challenges not only conventional historical narratives but our whole idea of what history is about -- ALICE JOLLY
Evocative . . . [A] gorgeous, generous novel * * Sunday Express * *
Historical fiction at its best . . . breathtaking . . . [Elizabeth is a] plucky, sharp-minded young woman * * Good Housekeeping * *
Elizabeth Macarthur manages her complicated life with spirit and passion, cunning and sly wit . . . 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 * * Australian Arts Review * *
An imaginative depiction of a relationship forged in the earliest days of the Australian colony . . . an engaging book -- ERICA WAGNER * * Guardian * *

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