Elizabeth Macarthur's Letters
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.
Kate Grenvilleis one of Australia's most celebrated writers. Her international bestseller The Secret Riverwas 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 Placesand the Orange Prize winner The Idea of Perfection. Her non-fiction books include One Life: My Mother's Storyand 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.
'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 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
Publication Date: 29-Mar-2022
Publisher: Text Publishing Company