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One Life: My Mother's Story
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Title:
One Life: My Mother's Story
Written by:
Kate Grenville 
Read by:
Kate Grenville 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
Duration:
6 hours 8 minutes 
Published:
April 01 2015 
Available Date:
April 01 2015 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781486286416 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Biography 
Publisher:
ABC Audio 
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International bestselling author

Winner AudioFile Earphones Award 2015

'A few sentences of Grenville’s makes one realise that much of the writing one encounters in a novel these days is thin and perfunctory.'
The Daily Express

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.

Nance was a week short of her sixth birthday when she and Frank were roused out of bed in the dark and lifted into the buggy, squashed in with bedding, the cooking pots rattling around in the back, and her mother shouting back towards the house: Goodbye, Rothsay, I hope I never see you again! 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 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.

'[Grenville] is a gift of a writer.'
The Age

'What a difficult thing it must have been to write, but what a treasure [Grenville] has given us ... Evocative and fascinating, this brave and heartfelt tribute will appeal to anyone interested in their own family story, Australian history, or the lives of women.'
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