When Sadie inherits Poet's Cottage in the Tasmanian fishing town of Pencubitt, she sets out to discover all she can about her notorious grandmother, Pearl Tatlow. Pearl was a children's writer who scandalised 1930s Tasmania with her behaviour. She was also violently murdered in the cellar of Poet's Cottage and her murderer never found. Sadie grew up with a loving version of Pearl through her mother, but her aunt Thomasina tells a different story, one of a self-obsessed, abusive and licentious woman. And Pearl's biographer, Birdie Pinkerton, has more than enough reason to discredit her. As Sadie and her daughter Betty work to uncover the truth, strange events begin to occur in the cottage. And as the terrible secret in the cellar threads its way into the present day, it reveals a truth more shocking than the decades-long rumours. Poet's Cottage is a beautiful and haunting mystery of families, bohemia, truth, creativity, lies, memory and murder.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Josephine Pennicott
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Imprint: Macmillan Australia
Dimensions: Width: 15.50cm , Height: 2.90cm , Length: 23.30cm
ISBN 10: 1742610897
Publication Date: 01 April 2012
Audience: General/trade , General
Publisher's Status: Active
Availability: In Print
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Shelly writes: Loving Mother, Brilliant Writer, Unfaithful Wife, Unstable Woman. Who was Pearl Tatlow? In a sleepy Tasmanian town full of history, Sadie and her daughter return to their ancestral home, Poet's Cottage, after the breakdown of Sadie's marriage and the death of her mother. But Poet's is a place with a past, and the brutal murder of Sadie's grandmother in 1936 is only one of the many mysteries that haunt this fishing village. This was a wonderful debut novel- full of mystery and atmosphere; I was completely captured by the characters Pennicott created. As Sadie attempts to pull the pieces of her life back together we are drawn with her into the past to discover the fickle nature and mental illness of her Grandmother, Pearl. Pennicott explores the nature of memory - is what we choose to forget more powerful than that which we remember? Seamlessly switching between present day and the ever intriguing 1930's this was a full blooded narrative that is sure to delight fans of authors like Kate Morton and Belinda Alexandra. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Josephine Pennicott is the author of Circle of Nine, Bride of the Stone and A Fire in the Shell.
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