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Ambassador Book Buzz: A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville

Charlotte Walker

By Charlotte Walker on 6th August 2020

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

Comments (45)

Fiona K - 10th September 2020

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Sandra F - 10th September 2020

Sounds great I like era books the cover is enticing

Mark W - 9th September 2020

There is something both joyous and important in discovering women's role in history . A history that aside from grand figures has largely been ignored. This sounds wonderful and the cover design is stunning .

Charlotte C - 9th September 2020

This book sounds really interesting, its the sort of thing I love to read!

Patricia A - 8th September 2020

Sounds like a book I would enjoy

Susan B - 8th September 2020

History is fascinating no matter if presented in a fiction or non-fiction book. Love the sound of this one.

Theresa T - 7th September 2020

This book sound lovely, it's also so pretty and would make an awesome gift for a book lover

Michael O - 6th September 2020

Looks a great read for the autumn nights

Michelle S - 5th September 2020

The book looks great

Glenys W - 4th September 2020

I would love to read this book, I think the cover is terrific

Sia M - 3rd September 2020

What a lovely cover! I’m so excited to try this book!

Louise C - 2nd September 2020

I'm really looking forward to reading this book

Aoibhin M - 1st September 2020

Sounds absolutely beautiful - can't wait to read

Sarah M - 28th August 2020

Love that cover!

Alex M - 26th August 2020

Friends moved to Sydney lately so I'd love to read this

Anita H - 22nd August 2020

Looks interesting and am going on holiday soon so it’d be good to take

Linda H - 21st August 2020

I love Kate Grenville's writing and always look forward to her latest novel ... this one sounds as though it won't disappoint!

Jacqui G - 20th August 2020

The cover alone makes this a book you want to delve into.

MARIA R - 20th August 2020

Oh looks like a brilliant book! cannot wait to read it!

Claire T - 20th August 2020

this sounds like a really interesting story !

Michelle L - 20th August 2020

I love books based on historical facts. This sounds like a read I would enjoy

Amy Louise B - 20th August 2020

This sounds really interesting - I love historical novels so will keep an eye out for this one!

Sarah B - 20th August 2020

Love the sound of this one!

Lisa F - 19th August 2020

What a gorgeous cover! This sounds right up my street!

Alyson H - 19th August 2020

Love this cover!

Andrea H - 19th August 2020

Love the cover but also want to read as an Aussie myself!

Helen E - 19th August 2020

I am looking forward to reading this intriguing sounding book

Laura P - 18th August 2020

I lived in Australia for a year and know Sydney well so I love reading books set there!

fiona w - 18th August 2020

If the cover is anything to go by this will be a good read

Claire F - 18th August 2020

I love historical novels so this sounds perfect for me

Annabel G - 18th August 2020

Looks like a great read

Sheena B - 17th August 2020

I have always enjoyed Kate Grenville books

Megan K - 16th August 2020

This sounds like just my kind of read!

Linda M - 14th August 2020

I would love to learn more about the history of Australia, having found out that ancestors emigrated there!

Sally C - 14th August 2020

Wow, this book looks amazing!

Jenny M - 13th August 2020

I am going to recommend this to my Mum as I think she would love this, and I would love to read it too.

Lisa A - 13th August 2020

The book and cover look really interesting, I love books about Australia as I used to live there.

Stefan I - 12th August 2020

What a fantastic book cover, but I will definitely not judge it only by this. I am sure it is very special inside

Marion G - 12th August 2020

This book looks absolutely fascinating.

Jo S - 11th August 2020

Sounds like such an interesting story.

Natalie B - 11th August 2020

This looks so unique and intriguing xx

Gerri T - 10th August 2020

This book sounds well worth reading. I love this period of history and her story is very similar to 9ne of my ancestors who emigrated to New Zealand as a contemporary. The cover is very attractive as well.

Gill W - 10th August 2020

This book sounds perfect for me. I love anything based on real life and with my son living in Australia I love to delve into any Australian history.

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