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One Life: My Mother's Story (Hardback)
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One Life: My Mother's Story (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 07/05/2015
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One Life is the story of Nance Russell, whose life spanned a century of tumult and change. In an act of great imaginative sympathy, her daughter Kate Grenville has drawn on the fragments of memoir Nance left, to create an intimate account of the patterns in her mother's life. In many ways Nance's story echoes that of many mothers and grandmothers, for whom the spectacular shifts of the twentieth century offered a path to new freedoms and choices. In other ways Nance was exceptional. In an era when women were expected to have no ambitions beyond the domestic, she ran successful businesses as a registered pharmacist, laid the bricks for the family home, and discovered her husband's secret life as a revolutionary. One Life is a deeply moving homage by one of Australia's finest writers.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781782116851
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 438 g
Dimensions: 222 x 145 x 27 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
Wonderful * * Independent * *
Kate Grenville is one of Australia's finest writers . . . her great skill as a writer is to take the barest of biographical details and spin them into something of intricate moral complexity * * Telegraph * *
Written in the third-person, blending her mother's plain, brisk language and her own novelistic skills . . . moving . . . Grenville's feminist instincts, which run quietly through her life and writing, built on her mother's example * * Sydney Morning Herald * *
Grenville inhabits characters with a rare completeness . . . She writes with a poet's sense of rhythm and imagery * * Guardian * *
Grenville has emerged not only as the truth-teller but also something of a hero . . . her novels are important quests that go beyond art * * Irish Times * *
The power with which Kate Grenville evokes places and people is so remarkable -- DIANA ATHILL
Kate Grenville has a reputation for elegant prose that cuts to the very heart of her subject matter with breathtaking precision * * Vogue * *
A work of imaginative sympathy, it is as successful as it is audacious . . . Clear, authentic and utterly engaging . . . Provides a microcosm for the changes taking place on the world stage in the period spanned * * Independent on Sunday * *
We are given the portrait of a woman whole. I adored her and the way Grenville wrote about her from every angle * * Savidge Reads * *

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