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Recent books

One Life: My Mother's Story by Kate Grenville (July 2015)

When Kate Grenville's mother died she left behind many fragments of memoir.  These were the starting point for One Life, the story of Nance Russell, a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change.

In some ways Nance's story echoes that of countless 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 an act of great imaginative sympathy, a daughter's intimate account of the patterns in her mother's life.  It is a deeply moving homage by one of Australia's finest writers.
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