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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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The Secret River, Kate Grenville
Sarah Thornhill, Kate Grenville
Searching for the Secret River, Kate Grenville
Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World
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: 26mm
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

'There is no doubt Grenville is one of our greatest writers' * Sunday Mail * '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 * 'Grenville's extraordinary trilogy is a major achievement in Australian literature.' * Australian Book Review *

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