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Recent books

Summer at Mount Hope by Rosalie Ham (March 2016)

"A quirkily engaging comedy of small-town manners.  Set on a Victorian family vineyard in 1894, it's the sort of provincial novel you might expect if Pride and Prejudice met Steele Rudd's On Our Selection...
While it's the social and romantic intrigue that carries the story, it's Ham's wickedly black humour and finely researched social observation that deliver the real joy of the book."
The Australian

"Rosalie Ham's second novel is as unforgettable and unputdownable as her first, the quirky The Dressmaker...  Ham is a gifted storyteller.  Her ideas are fresh, unusual and entertaining, and result in a marvellous story steeped in an Australia at once recognisable but also new.  There's not a cliche within cooee."
The Sun Herald

"Ham introduces an Austenesque cast of captivating characters... Summer at Mount Hope is a passionate tender story because it takes place in a world where sex is not fully described or admitted..."
Australian Book Review
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