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Elizabeth Macarthur's Letters

Elizabeth Macarthur Kate Grenville

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Text Publishing Company
04 April 2022
These letters were the starting point for Kate Grenville's bestselling novel A Room Made of Leaves. They inspired the portrait of her imagined Elizabeth Macarthur: shrewd, subtle, passionate. And they offer a glimpse into the complex inner life of one of our most powerful foremothers. Yet, until now, a general reader could only access a handful of them.

This book offers an edited selection, with commentary from Grenville, of the many letters Elizabeth Macarthur wrote 'home' from colonial Sydney over her long life-letters in which we can hear the voice of a remarkable woman. Circumstances confronted her with huge challenges, but also gave her opportunities unknown to most women of the time. It was a life of tumult, of griefs and joys-all faced with spirit, and recorded in this lively and engaging correspondence.
 Elizabeth Macarthur's Letters

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Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 1mm
Weight:   1g
ISBN:   9781922458582
ISBN 10:   1922458589
Pages:   256
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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 A Room Made of Leaves, Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Dark Places and the Orange Prize winner The Idea of Perfection. Her non-fiction books include 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 Elizabeth Macarthur's Letters

'Excellent...So beautifully observed and written...An accomplished novel with all the experience that a writer like Kate Grenville brings to her work...Really a superb piece of work.' * Leigh Sales on A Room Made of Leaves * 'Kate Grenville's 'A Room Made of Leaves' - an almost flawless novel about our early colonial history told through the fictional eyes of Elizabeth MacArthur - it's deep in research and beautifully realised.' * Heather Rose on A Room Made of Leaves * '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 on A Room Made of Leaves * 'Grenville's editorial asides allow the reader to glimpse something of the possible reality that lies beneath, and offer a window into the complexity of Grenville's relationship with this compelling, difficult and sometimes unattractive muse.' * Kirsten Tranter, Guardian *


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