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A Room made of leaves – Kate Grenville

I’d never heard of John MacArthur, an early settler of the colony of New South Wales, and an Australian ‘worthy.’ This story is an imagining of the life of his wife, Elisabeth, told in her words.  MacArthur is compulsively argumentative, a schemer, and ruthlessly ambitious.  Elisabeth marries him because she has no option, and decides to make…

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Many different kinds of love – Michael Rosen

An intensely moving account of Michael Rosen’s illness, and the beginnings of his recovery from covid. Hearing that Michael had contracted covid felt like a body blow, and like many people I anxiously awaited news, following the tweets from his partner.  As a voice on the radio, and the author of so many books which make…

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