One Life

  • by Kate Grenville
  • Narrated by Kate Grenville
  • 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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, "Good-bye, 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 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.


What the Critics Say

"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 a treat further enhanced by a contemplative and intimate narration." (AudioFile)


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For all Australian Women

Really interesting story and insight into life especially for women last century in Australia. thankyou!
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- Jo-anne

an ordinary life?

Loved it! an ordinary life made extraordinary in its courage, fullness and determination. Had to finish!
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- Lynne Poga

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-25-2015
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd