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The Floating Garden

The Floating Garden (Paperback)

By Ashmere, Emma

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This ... novel evokes the hardships and the glories of Sydney's past and tells the little-known story of those made homeless to make way for the famous bridge --Back cover.

ISBN 9781742199368
Published 1 May 2015 by Spinifex Press
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781742199368
ISBN-10 1742199364
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Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Spinifex Press
Imprint Spinifex Press
Publication Date 1 May 2015
International Publication Date 1 March 2015
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Ashmere, Emma
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 147mm
Height: 208mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 272g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Sydney NSW - Fiction - History, Life change events, Sydney (N.S.W.) - History, Sydney Harbour Bridge (Sydney, N.S.W.), Australian fiction
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 594207

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Description of this Book

Sydney, Milsons Point, 1926. Entire streets are being demolished for the building of the Harbour Bridge. Ellis Gilbey, landlady by day, gardening writer by night, is set to lose everything. Only the faith in the book shes writing, and hopes for a garden of her own, stave off despair. As the tight-knit community splinters and her familiar world crumbles, Ellis relives her escape to the city at sixteen, landing in the unlikely care of self-styled theosophist Minerva Stranks. When artist Rennie Howarth knocks on her door seeking refuge from a stifling upper-class life and an abusive husband, Ellis glimpses a chance to fulfil her dreams. The future looms uncertain while the past stays uncannily in pursuit. This beautiful novel evokes the hardships and the glories of Sydneys past and tells the little-known story of those made homeless to make way for the famous bridge. Peopled by bohemians and charlatans, earthy folk and fly-by-nighters, The Floating Garden is about shedding secrets, seizing second chances, and finding love amongst the ruins.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A charming and lyrical story of masculine ambition outwitted by feminine fruition. 1920s Sydney, in all her raffish grandeur, flourishes on every page. -- Mandy Sayer, author of Love in the Years of Lunacy The Floating Garden is above all a surprising love story, full of turns, transformations and slips of the heart. A wise, tender and beautifully detailed novel. -- Gail Jones, author of 'Five Bells' Emma Ashmere has written a compelling and lyrical novel of a rough and ready Sydney that is in the throes of rapid change; a town where the spiritual is necessary but corrupted, and where sexual lives remain hidden even from those in the grip of desire. -- Sophie Cunningham, author of 'Geography & Bird'

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Author's Bio

Emma Ashmeres short stories have appeared in various publications including The Age , Griffith Review , Sleepers Almanac, Etchings and Australian Womens Book Review . She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide, and a PhD from La Trobe University in Melbourne on the use of marginalised histories in fiction. She has worked as a researcher on several books on Australian gardening history, and women and empire. She lives in northern New South Wales.

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