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  • Beautifully written and an uplifting read.

    Women ponder on the lives of the women who came before us and A Room Made of Leaves imagines the life of Elizabeth Macarthur who shared her life with John Macarthur. We know much about John and it is delightful to ponder the life of Elizabeth, the invisible wife, as history would have us believe. A woman who lived within and observed the establishment of non indigenous Australia. Elizabeth was very visible in fact. It was she with a very trusted shepherd who derived the breed of merino sheep that drove Australia's economy in those early days. Never underestimate the talents of a woman! Kate Grenville imagines, with the help of correspondence written by Elizabeth, the thoughts and feelings of Mrs. Macarthur. Beautifully written and an uplifting read.

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  • A Room Made Of Leaves

    A wonderful read, totally believable. Ruth Grenville tells an excellent tale of historical importance through the feelings of Elizabeth McArthur. Encapsulating her life through the years in short capsules of time, described vividly from a very well researched perspective, with great empathy. The early history of the beginnings told from both the old and the new settlers of Sydney town is very refreshing.

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  • Brilliantly evocative.

    This beautifully written book was a constant companion for the 2 weeks it took me to read it. The descriptions of the scenery are gloriously recognisable, and the characters very well developed. I felt like I was there, living Elizabeth's life with her. Highly recommended.

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  • A room between leaves by Kate Grenville

    A beautiful book, gentle and powerful, telling of our sad history between the official lines. Thank you for your insights.

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  • Different, too disjointed to be really engaging.

    I like historical fiction and I thought the premise was good, and the writing style emulates a journal which stops and starts, rather than a novel which just flows. But I found reading this was annoying, as I would just get interested in one story and she would finish it and move on to the next in a completely unconnected fashion. The whole story was interesting, the characters were well described and overall I enjoyed it. But probably not as much as I expected to from the jacket blurb.

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