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Elizabeth Macarthur's Letters - Kate Grenville

Elizabeth Macarthur's Letters

By: Kate Grenville

Hardcover | 29 March 2022

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Kate Grenville's collection of Elizabeth Macarthur's letters, the inspiration for her bestselling, award-winning novel A Room Made of Leaves.

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.

About the Author

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.

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