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The House at Salvation Creek - Susan Duncan

The House at Salvation Creek

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A long time ago, but still barely more than ten years, I had another life. In the fast lane. But death changed all that.

My brother, John, and my husband, Paul, slid slowly away within three days of each other and nothing was ever the same. Grief sent me mad for a while. Although I only understand that now.

Continuing the story of Susan Duncan's bestselling and much-loved memoir, Salvation Creek, The House picks up after Bob and Susan marry and, two years later, move from her Tin Shed into his 'pale yellow house on the high, rough hill', Tarrangaua, built for the iconic Australian poet, Dorothea Mackellar.

Set against the backdrop of the small, close-knit Pittwater community with its colourful characters and quirky history, The House is about what happens when you open the door to life, adventure, and love. But it's also about mothers and daughters, as Susan confronts her mother's new frailty and her own role in what has always been a difficult relationship.

Where Salvation Creek was about mortality - living life in the face of death - The House is about stepping outside your comfort zone and embracing challenges, at any age.

In turn funny and moving, Susan Duncan's beautifully written sequel reminds us to honour what matters in life, and to disregard what really doesn't.

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The House at Salvation Creek
 
4.2

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83%

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  • Informative (5)
  • Relevant (5)
  • Well written (5)
  • Easy to understand (4)
  • Inspirational (4)

Cons

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5.0

what a read

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from wodonga

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about The House at Salvation Creek:

    this is the follow up book to salvation creek.and what a book it is very hard to put down,finished it in 2 nights.
    SERVICE/DELIVERY COMMENTS
    outstanding as always

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    5.0

    A wonderful read

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    from Adelaide

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Informative
    • Pitt Water At Its Best
    • Relevant
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Older Readers
      • Reference

      Comments about The House at Salvation Creek:

      I could not put it down.

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      2.0

      Dissapointed

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      from Sydney Australia

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        Cons

        • Disappointing
        • Not What I Expected
        • Really A Letdown
        • Too Much Revision

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          Comments about The House at Salvation Creek:

          Too much about author's early life. Really quite boreing. chapters unconnected.

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          4.0

          Everyday life in the slow lane

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          from Adelaide SA

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          Pros

          • Easy To Understand
          • Informative
          • Inspirational
          • Relevant
          • Well Written

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gift
            • Older Readers
            • Travel Reading

            Comments about The House at Salvation Creek:

            An excellent follow-up to Salvation Creek. Ordinary lives, extraordinary courage to deal with life's hiccups. The slow life-style not far from Sydney, the wonderful community spirit (I'm truly envious). The trials of getting older - and let's face it , tomorrow everyone's a day older if they survive today.

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            5.0

            AMAZING AUSTRALIAN HISTORY

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            from DON VALLEY

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            Pros

            • Australian History
            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Easy To Understand
            • Informative
            • Inspirational
            • Life Is Wonderful
            • Relevant
            • Well Written

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

            • Appreciate Life Whatever

            Comments about The House at Salvation Creek:

            GREAT AUSTRALIAN HISTORY, GREAT POET- I LOVE A SUNBURNT COUNTRY, LEARN ABOUT BUDDAHISM, LOVE, DEATH AND PASSIONATE COOKING AND SHARING.

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            4.0

            Raw and Real

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            from Sydney Au

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            • Easy To Understand
            • Informative
            • Inspirational
            • Relevant
            • Well Written

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gift
              • Older Readers

              Comments about The House at Salvation Creek:

              I didn't want to put this book down! As someone going through Cancer with a relative I found it inspiring to read about life after the big bad! She is realistic and raw and although the story takes quite a few turns it was interesting the whole time.

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              Susan Duncan

              After a 25-year career spanning radio, newspaper and magazine journalism, including editing two of Australia's top selling women's magazines, THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY and NEW IDEA, SUSAN DUNCAN woke up one morning and chucked in her job. The decision followed the deaths of her husband and brother.

              After struggling to begin again, she finally found her own patch of paradise on earth only to discover it might already be too late when she was diagnosed with cancer herself. Today Susan lives with her second husband, Bob, on the shores of Pittwater at Tarrangaua, the beautiful home built for poet Dorothea Mackellar in 1925. Susan's bestselling memoir, SALVATION CREEK, won the 2007 Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award and was shortlisted for the prestigious Dobbie Award, part of the Nita B Kibble awards for women writers. She has now turned her hand to fiction, with her first novel THE BRINY CAFE, set in a fictional Pittwater.

              Visit Susan Duncan's Booktopia Author Page


              ISBN: 9781863256698
              ISBN-10: 1863256695
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 384
              Published: September 2009
              Publisher: Transworld Publishers (Division of Random House Australia)
              Country of Publication: AU
              Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.6
              Weight (kg): 0.28