A Room Made of Leaves (UK Edition)
It is 1788. Twenty-one-year-old Elizabeth is hungry for lifebut, as the ward of a Devon clergyman, knows she has few prospects.When proud, scarred soldier John Macarthur promises her the earthone midsummer's night, she believes him. But Elizabeth soonrealises she has made a terrible mistake. Her new husband isreckless, tormented, driven by some dark rage at the world. Hetells her he is to take up a position as Lieutenant in a New SouthWales penal colony and she has no choice but to go.Sailing for six months to the far side of the globe with a childgrowing inside her, she arrives to find Sydney Town a brutal,dusty, hungry place of makeshift shelters, failing crops, schemingand rumours. All her life she has learned to be obliging, to foldherself up small. Now, in the vast landscapes of an unknowncontinent, Elizabeth has to discover a strength she never imagined,and passions she could never express.Inspired by the real life of a remarkable woman, this is anextraordinarily rich, beautifully wrought novel of resilience,courage and the mystery of human desire.