Search Results: "Kate Grenville"


BOOK REVIEW

ALBION'S STORY by Kate Grenville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Grenville's fiction is impossible to put down. (Author tour)"
Australian Grenville triumphantly returns to the setting of her memorable debut novel (Lillian's Story, 1986) to trace the development of Lillian's father—a turn-of-the-century bourgeois whose public arrogance and private terrors wreak havoc on those he should have loved. ``This is Albion Gidley Singer at the pen,'' Grenville's protagonist announces at the outset of his story, ``a man with a weakness for a good fact.'' Facts are indeed Singer's obsession, having proved invaluable in shielding him from his own unacceptable emotions: early yearnings to join his devoted mother's mysterious, silky world; the terror he felt from his distant, disapproving father; the confused encounters with the raunchy prostitutes and ``proper'' young women who populate his upper-middle-class bachelor's existence. Read full book review >

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THE IDEA OF PERFECTION by Kate Grenville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2002

"Wonderful entertainment: a cockeyed romance that will have you cheering for all of these unlikely, wayward lovers."
There's a smile—if not an outright belly laugh—on every page of this delicious comic novel (winner of Britain's 2001 Orange Prize), the fifth from the Australian author (Albion's Story, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KATE by William J. Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"A sprawling salute to an awe-inspiring, world-class actor."
Film biographer/historian Mann (Edge of Midnight, 2005, etc.) considers the vibrant life of a 20th-century icon with encyclopedic scrutiny and a pinch of whimsy. Read full book review >

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SARAH THORNHILL by Kate Grenville
Released: June 5, 2012

"Beautifully written, with sufficient backstory to be enjoyed without first reading the previous two installments, this novel can be read as a dissection of a cultural clash or an allegory for colonialism, but at heart, the novel uses fiction to search for reason within history."
The saga of the Thornhill clan in early-19th-century Australia concludes in the final volume of Commonwealth Writer's Prize winner Grenville's (The Secret River, 2006, etc.) trilogy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LIEUTENANT by Kate Grenville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"An involving, affecting novel that should have been even better."
Veteran Australian author Grenville (The Secret River, 2006, etc.) poignantly depicts a man of science forced into a world shaped by action. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET RIVER by Kate Grenville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2006

"Grenville's best, and a giant leap forward."
A riveting narrative unfolds into a chilling allegory of the mechanics and the psychology of colonialism in the veteran Australian author's rich historical novel. Read full book review >

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KATE & PIPPIN by Martin Springett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Again, awwww. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The true story, captured in intimate photos, of an old Great Dane and an abandoned fawn. Awwww. Read full book review >

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KATE CULHANE by Michael Hague
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Spectral figures, Gothic hues, and Rackham-esque lines are used very effectively in the watercolor pictures, which are fully as scary as the text. (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 9-12)"
A shivery ghost story from Ireland that will surely appeal to lovers of the macabre. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAPTAIN KATE by Carolyn Reeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"The real strength of the novel, however, is in the depiction of the complex, tangled relationship that forms between Kate and Seth, and the emotional growth they experience as they struggle to reconcile their feelings about sharing a new family. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Setting her story in the third year of the Civil War, Reeder (Foster's War, p. 61, etc.) writes of a young girl who takes it upon herself to pilot the family's canal boat 184 miles from Cumberland, Maryland to Georgetown. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KATE SHELLEY by Robert D. San Souci
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A fine alternative to Margaret Wetterer's stiffer, simpler (but no less dramatic) Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express (1990). (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-11)"
The gripping, true story of a 15-year-old Iowan who ventured out into a wild storm to give warning of a wrecked railroad bridge. Read full book review >

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WILL & KATE by Adam Larkum
illustrated by Adam Larkum, developed by Ink Robin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2011

"Truly a fairy tale to warm cockles on both sides of the pond, with a few dashes of sauce to flavor the sugar. (iPad storybook app. 6-9, adult)"
Oozing charm, a sweet bonbon to celebrate the royal wedding of (probably) the decade. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KATE HANNIGAN by Catherine Cookson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Employing the melodramatic clichés we've come to expect after 90 bestsellers, Cookson (1907-98) was a natural successor to the great English writers of the Romantic era. Vivid, emotionally stirring: one of her best."
First US hardcover publication of the late Dame Cookson's first novel. Read full book review >