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Kate Grenville's A Room Made of Leaves is on sale in stunning hardback on the 6th August. A rich and detailed narrative based on the real life story of the remarkable Elizabeth Macarthur. Inspired by letters and documents connected to the entrepreneur and pioneer John Macarthur and Elizabeth, his wife. Providing a fresh and refreshing insight in to the life, thoughts and feelings of Elizabeth, a figure whose achievements were until recently silenced by history.
This exciting new book is the first from Kate Grenville in a decade, and what a story this is! Elizabeth is headstrong and wilfull in nature, but learns to become small in order to not be observed. However, when her husband takes a role in Australia, and she must travel to an unknown continent, Elizabeth needs to discover a strength that she had never imagined. This is a unique insight into a key family in Autralia's history.
It is 1788. Twenty-one-year-old Elizabeth is hungry for life but, as the ward of a Devon clergyman, knows she has few prospects. When proud, scarred soldier John Macarthur promises her the earth one midsummer’s night, she believes him.
But Elizabeth soon realises she has made a terrible mistake. Her new husband is reckless, tormented, driven by some dark rage at the world. He tells her he is to take up a position as Lieutenant in a New South Wales penal colony and she has no choice but to go. Sailing for six months to the far side of the globe with a child growing inside her, she arrives to find Sydney Town a brutal, dusty, hungry place of makeshift shelters, failing crops, scheming and rumours.
All her life she has learned to be obliging, to fold herself up small. Now, in the vast landscapes of an unknown continent, Elizabeth has to discover a strength she never imagined, and passions she could never express.
Inspired by the real life of a remarkable woman, this is an extraordinarily rich, beautifully wrought novel of resilience, courage and the mystery of human desire.
We're excited to shout about this brillian novel and we hope that you'll love this book as much as we do.
Please find below the dates and details of our Ambassador Book Buzz, as well as the links to our ambassador's blogs. Please show them some #BookLove and see what they had to say about A Room Made of Leaves.
6th August: Rachel Read It
7th August: Motley Reviews
10th August: The Northern Reader
11th August: Over The Rainbow Book Blog
12th August: What Do I Read Now