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One Life: My Mother's Story


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'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 'Losing your mother is a turning point in everyone's life...Kate Grenville has translated that revelation into a totally mesmerising story which reads not like a memoir, but rather like a perfectly paced novel.' Australian Women's Weekly 'What a difficult thing it must have been to write, but what a treasure [Grenville] has given us...Evocative and fascinating, this brave and heartfelt tribute will appeal to anyone interested in their own family story, Australian history, or the lives of women.' Books & Publishing 'Real life painted with with an almost fictional verve, it's an intensely engaging portrait of a world in flux.' New Daily 'The writing glides, egoless, through this one life that adapted to the massive changes of a century...I closed the book with regret, wanting more.' Monthly '[A] social history written with the storytelling skill of a novelist.' Australian 'A very brave and loving recount of a daughter's view of her mother's history...A powerful piece of nonfiction, important equally for its capacity to capture one life as its ability to summarise that of an entire generation of women.' Lip Mag 'There's no denying that the story she has to tell makes for a compelling read...Kate Grenville's recapitulation of her mother's voice is in the end very moving.' Age 'A gift to countless readers who will recognise their own experience, or their mother's experience in these pages.' Australian Book Review 'With her customary elegance and warmth, Kate Grenville has lovingly documented her mother's life, capturing the aura of the times. I thoroughly enjoyed her engrossing story.' Chronicle 'A tribute to a generation of tough Australian women whose stories have mostly been considered unworthy.' North and South 'The sharing of this story of resilience, persistence and a mother's enduring love will resonate across generations.' Good Reading 'Once again, Grenville treats her readers to a brilliant read.' Australian Pharmacist

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