A Room Made of Leaves

Author(s): Kate Grenville

Aust Fiction

Do not believe too quickly... What if Elizabeth Macarthur - wife of the notorious John Macarthur, wool baron in early Sydney - had written a shockingly frank secret memoir? In her introduction Kate Grenville tells, tongue firmly in cheek, of discovering a long-hidden box containing that memoir. What follows is a playful dance of possibilities between the real and the invented. Grenville's Elizabeth Macarthur is a passionate woman managing her complicated life-marriage to a ruthless bully, the impulses of her own heart, the search for power in a society that gave her none-with spirit, cunning and sly wit. Her memoir reveals the dark underbelly of the polite world of Jane Austen. It explodes the stereotype of the women of the past- devoted and docile, accepting of their narrow choices. That was their public face-here's what one of them really thought. At the heart of this book is one of the most toxic issues of our times- the seductive appeal of false stories. Beneath the surface of Elizabeth Macarthur's life and the violent colonial world she navigated are secrets and lies with the dangerous power to shape reality. A Room Made of Leaves is the internationally acclaimed author Kate Grenville's first novel in almost a decade. It is historical fiction turned inside out, a stunning sleight of hand that gives the past the piercing immediacy of the present.  


Imagine if Kate Grenville found Elizabeth Macarthurs secret memoir. A Room Made of Leaves is a tale both real and invented, the story of a hasty marriage to a ruthless, arrogant man and their journey to a new life in Australia .

Elizabeth learns about the land ,the Indigenous people and most importantly , herself and her many talents. This novel is a quiet but evocative story and it was such a joy to read Elizabeth Macarthur come to life. Jo




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General Fields

  • : 9781922330024
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : 0.56
  • : April 2020
  • : ---length:- '23.4'width:- '15.3'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : FV
  • : 352
  • : 823.92
  • : English
  • : 2020
  • : Hardback
  • : Kate Grenville