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A Room Made of Leaves

Kate Grenville

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Text Publishing Company
01 July 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Historical fiction
What if Elizabeth Macarthur - wife of the notorious John Macarthur, wool baron of 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 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 age - the seductive appeal of false stories. This book may be set in the past, but it's 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.

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Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World
By:   Kate Grenville
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 161mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   593g
ISBN:   9781922330024
ISBN 10:   1922330027
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   01 July 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kate Grenville is one of Australia's most celebrated writers. Her international bestseller The Secret River was awarded local and overseas prizes, has been adapted for the stage and as an acclaimed television miniseries, and is now a much-loved classic. Grenville's other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Dark Places and the Orange Prize winner The Idea of Perfection. Her most recent books are two works of non-fiction, One Life- My Mother's Story and The Case Against Fragrance. She has also written three books about the writing process. In 2017 Grenville was awarded the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. She lives in Melbourne.

Reviews for A Room Made of Leaves

'Grenville invites the reader to reflect on the complex relationship between truth and falsehood, history and fiction...[A] stunning literary achievement.' * Kirsten Tranter, Guardian * 'Stunning...a clever mix of fact and fiction.' * Weekly Times * 'Another book in her fantastic collection of work about early Australian colonial times and it's at least as good, if not even better, than all the others... Absolutely brilliant.' * Radio NZ Nine to Noon * 'Grenville's prose is elegant and meticulously crafted...Despite the trappings of history in A Room Made of Leaves and Grenville's impressive use of the archive to conjure the novel, her achievement here is not a historical one. A Room Made of Leaves questions, rhetorically, how to live ethically with a history that is unfair.' * Saturday Paper * 'Her fiction is always a challenge, a goad to our complacencies, social decorums and repressions...Richly imagined...[Provides] the shock we perhaps need to remind us of what might still be possible.' * Age/SMH * 'Grenville so convincingly creates Elizabeth's voice it is easy to forget her opening warning: Do not believe too quickly! ...Grenville's Elizabeth stays with you.' * Conversation * 'Vividly rendered, warmly sympathetic, daring in speculative breadth: a full-length portrait in oils of a woman known to most of us only in profile miniature...If Grenville's novel is inspired by provocation, it unfolds as a feeling, organic story.' * Australian * 'A little bit of Austen, a little bit of the Brontes, a little bit of Thomas Hardy.' * RN Bookshelf * 'Giving voice to the countless generations of women who were prevented from telling their true stories...Compelling.' * Herald Sun * 'An ingenious tapestry of history and invention, A Room Made of Leaves is a novel of womanhood, motherhood, secrets, lies, obsession, transformation and the loss of innocence. It's a true pleasure to read Grenville's writing, and this one's been well worth the wait!' * Booktopia * 'This story, told through Grenville's sharp lens, is one that will stay with the reader for a long time.' * Readings * 'Kate Grenville is a literary alchemist, turning the leaden shadow of the historical Elizabeth Macarthur into a luminescent, golden woman for our times. Intelligent, compassionate, strategic and dead sexy, Grenville's Macarthur is an unforgettable character who makes us question everything we thought we knew about our colonial past. A polished gem of a novel by a writer who is as brave as she is insightful. I simply loved it.' * Clare Wright * 'Grenville's extraordinary trilogy is a major achievement in Australian literature.' * Australian Book Review * 'One of the most entertaining, accomplished, engaging novels written in this country...We always knew Kate Grenville was good but this one is brilliant.' * Courier Mail on The Secret River * 'There is no doubt Grenville is one of our greatest writers' * Sunday Mail *

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