The Idea of Perfection

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Picador, 2000 - Australian fiction - 401 pages
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Novel set in a small Australian country town, first published in 1999. Douglas Cheeseman comes to Karakarook to tear down Bent Bridge, but the townspeople think the bridge will bring tourists to their dying town. The author's other publications include 'Lilian's Story' , 'Joan Makes History', 'Dark Places' and 'Dreamhouse'.

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This fifth novel by renowned Australian author Grenville (Lilian's Story), winner of the Orange Prize, presents the story of two people, both divorced, who for differing reasons are residing ... Read full review

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I did not like this book. A comedy of manners? That implies something clever and insightful, which this book is not. The characters were caricatures and made me cringe.

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About the author (2000)

Kate Grenville was born in Sydney on October 14, 1950. She is a graduate of the University of Sydney with a BA (Honours), the University of Colorado with a MA and a PhD in Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney. She is one of Australia's best-known authors. She is the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She will be at the Oz, New Zealand festival of literature and arts program in London in 2015. She also made the Indie Awards 2016 shortlists in the Nonfiction category with her title One Life.

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