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'If there’d been a gun in her hand at that moment she knew she’d have shot them.... She’d been so pleased with little Dolly Russell, the good life she’d got for them all. Thought she had it made, had got her hands at last on the levers of her life.... Now it turned out that all that, being so pleased with herself, was no more real than a puff of smoke.'

Always Greener is an exquisite portrait of Kate Grenville's complex, conflicted grandmother, who she feared as a child and only in adulthood came to understand. Born in rural Australia, Dolly Russell becomes a successful businessperson, mother and troubled wife. Then came the depression, bankruptcy and World War I. Yet, in a way, those disasters freed her. They allowed her to use her intelligence and ambition to make a space for herself in a man’s world.

With all the pathos and subtlety that defined Grenville’s Australian classics such as Lilian’s Story and her Booker-shortlisted The Secret River, Always Greener tells the story of a generation of women often forgotten at our own cost.

©2021 Kate Grenville (P)2021 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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a snapshot in to a life

this was a great snapshot into a woman's life in the 1900's and it was a tough story of a woman who was desperately trying to find her way as a wife mum and business woman. trying to stand out even though she didn't want the attention

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lovely book

I enjoyed this book, the background music & birds made it special. a good look into the past.

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Kept me listening

Normally get distracted and loose interest pretty quick, but this book kept me entertained. Bring on more like it :)

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I really connected with this book

Terrific insight into white women’s lives in the era my own grandmother lived, late 1800s to early 1900s. My grandmother married a farmer and was also really determined to ensure her daughters were educated so they would benefit from the opportunities that would (and did) bring. I today also benefit from her hard work and reading this book made me even more grateful!

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Loved this book

I have always enjoyed Kate Grenville's books - I'm an immigrant and it's been amazing to find out some of the history of Sydney, etc.

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Beautifully written and narrated

This story is told through the empathetic lense of a granddaughter who delved deep into the life of her grandmother. Kate Grenville tells Dolly’s story with understanding and compassion, despite the tough and unlovable exterior of her grandmother that she witnessed as a child. In an era when women were valued only for child rearing and keeping house, Dolly defied expectations and made the most of the opportunities that came her way. Her disappointments and failings, as well as her victories and achievements, are laid bare but it is easy to feel empathy for Dolly as she makes the best of the cards she’s been dealt.

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wonderful

wonderful story. it made me think of my mums mother. and i understand Dollys love of the old familier weather, frosty mornings and dry heat.

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Wonderful

Beautifully read by Kate Grenville.
Based on her grandmothers life and her determination to better herself. She lived through the war and the depression.
As a grandmother she was cold and unhappy.
Kate Grenville uncovers the reasons underneath.
A wonderful audio.

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Fantastic life story read by author....true story. just loved it. Listened whilst in lockdown and crocheting.....perfect....

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Delightful look into Dolly's world.

beautiful narration, Dolly was not alone In her life, the way she faced her challenges with strength and determination reflects past generations of women. even today women are paid less. In old famies like my own the ways are there. women don't inherit farms. you failed if your husband leaves you.
my great great grandmother signed a petition so women were no longer thought of as owned by their husbands like a piece of furniture.
my mother was the first woman to attend family funerals after her 1st husband was killed and Grandfather wouldn't let her see him or attend the service.
my father said his father was a hard man to his wife and children a good provided he loved his wife but unable to show it.
when you look back in history he lost all his family except his father during the plague.
this book reminded me of the reasons we become whom we are today. such a beautiful read thankyou

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Always greener.

A moving loving insight into another time,towards the end the relationship between Frank and his mother is heart rending,a truly magnificent story.

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