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A Room Made of Leaves Reader Reviews

A Room Made of Leaves

Rachel Bridgeman

A sweeping, moving novel which brings to life a period of history where women were seen as no more than adjacent to the men in their life.

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.

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A sweeping, moving novel which brings to life a period of history where women were seen as no more than adjacent to the men in their life, it is Elizabeth’s wilful nature which has the family succeeding against all odds.Her personal history is remembered in connection with her husband, in a series of letters that do not convey any of the feelings in her heart. The leaves of this book stand as a bound testament to a fascinating woman, with suggestions for further reading at its conclusion.

Read her full blog post here.

https://www.rachelreadit.co.uk/bookreview-a-room-made-of-leaves-by-kate-grenville/

Charlotte Walker

A Room Made of Leaves is a beautifully told story that shines a light on someone who was previously left as a rather translucent figure by history.

A Room Made of Leaves is a beautifully told story that shines a light on someone who was previously left as a rather translucent figure by history. I was astounded by the beauty and detail of the book cover and the poignancy of each detail once you begin to read.

The way that Kate Grenville  brings Elizabeth into fresh and vibrant life while conveying the events and emotions of the past is pure splendour. I luxuriated in every moment I had to sit and read this rich and warm tale. Each short chapter teases you on to the next, and before you know it, you’ve turned the final gorgeous page.

My heart was invested in this book instantly and it followed Elizabeth as she grew to womanhood, fell for the illusion of John Macarthur, her voyage to the other side of the world as some of the first British settlers and her life on a new continent.

This is a tale akin to Austen, in the sense that it depicts a woman who is finding her way in the world, and happiness where she can, in the confines of her role and position in society as well as the timing of the plot. There is a strength and a morality in Elizabeth that I adored and I think that A Room Made of Leaves perfectly demonstrates the many wonderful stories that could have been lost to time because of who they feature. Greville’s writing brings the story and the environment to life, allowing you to take a step back in time with the effortless turning of the page. 

Book Information

ISBN: 9781838851231
Publication date: 6th August 2020
Author: Kate Grenville
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 336 pages
Genres: Book Club Recommendations, Books of the Month, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Star Books,
Categories: Historical fiction,