In the tradition of Downtown Abbey comes a vivid story of life in the servant's quarters.
Waratah House, a beautiful mansion in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, is the only home Marina has ever known. Orphaned at a young age, Marina finds a new family in the colourful characters that occupy the bustling servants' quarters of this stately house.
But not every resident of Waratah House has Marina's best interests at heart and she finds herself forced into exile. Years later, Marina's daughter Emily discovers the past has a way of repeating itself. She must fight for her chance at happiness – a chance that some will do anything to prevent . . .
Beautifully written with wonderful period detail, Waratah House takes you into the lives of an unforgettable cast of characters who will touch your heart.
About the Author
Ann Whitehead was born in Sydney and now lives on the coast in southern New South Wales. Ann has won awards and is a published author of plays, short stories and novels for children, young adults and adults. She is the author of the bestselling Australia Street, The House Across the Road and another novel, Blackwattle Road, was written under the name of Ann Charlton. Her new novel, Waratah House, will be published in 2012.
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This Australian novel, Waratah House, set in colonial Australia is a story, for me, filled with drama, upsets and tragedy which seems to follow down the generations. It certainly relates to how hard life was back then and although I did enjoy the story, I found it just a nice, easy read. Ann Whitehead is a good writer who can set the scene quite well – and you can easily imagine yourself in that era through her descriptions. There was only one loose end I would have liked tied up and that was Emily meeting her father. But all in all, an engaging, ok read……if you like books set in this time centred around the servants of the wealthy, you will like this read.
'Whitehead shows us the texture and the spirit of the working-class culture of those times . . . An engaging yarn with a rich historical texture.' The Age
'An evocative exploration of the lot of women in inner-city Sydney during the 1940s.' Who Weekly
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 2nd July 2012
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.4
Weight (kg): 23.0