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One Life by Kate Grenville
When Kate Grenville’s mother died she left behind many fragments of memoir. These were the starting point for ‘One Life,’ the story of a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change. In many ways Nance’s story echoes that of many mothers and grandmothers, for whom the spectacular shifts of the 20th 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.
Kate Grenville is an award winning Australian author whose books include “The Idea of Perfection” and “The Secret River”. http://kategrenville.com/my%20mothers%20story
Darkus is miserable. His dad has disappeared, and now he is living next door to the most disgusting neighbours ever.
A giant beetle called Baxter comes to his rescue. But can the two solve the mystery of his dad’s disappearance, especially when links emerge to cruel Lucretia Cutter and her penchant for beetle jewellery? A coffee-mug mountain, home to a million insects, could provide the answer – if Darkus and Baxter are brave enough to find it …
‘Beetle Boy’ made us laugh from the very first sentence and this exciting new series is suitable for anyone who likes quirky, fun, slightly odd stories about courage, determination and winning through against the odds.
M.G. Leonard has a first-class honours degree in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare Studies from Kings College London. She works in London as the Senior Digital Media Producer for the National Theatre, and previously worked at the Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Globe. Leonard spent her early career in the music industry running Setanta Records, an independent record label, and managing bands, most notably The Divine Comedy. After leaving the music industry, she trained as an actor, dabbling in directing and producing as well as performing, before deciding to write her stories down. http://www.mgleonard.com/
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