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Between the Leaves is an intimate exploration into the lives of nine twentieth-century women – including Judith Wright, Katharine Susannah Prichard, Winifred Stephensen and Jean Galbraith – who wrote about their garden in their letters and diaries.
This book explores the notion that a garden, as both a private and public space, offered these women a refuge for memories, a place where their personal stories, fantasies and longing found expression.
The writings are rich, diverse, eloquent and surprising, and reveal stories of grief, hope, friendship, separation, family, ageing, creativity, identity, and the now consuming question of how we live in a changing climate.
Shortlisted – 2012 Australian Historical Association Magarey Medal for biography
Special Commendation – 2011 Fellowship of Australian Writers Sid Harta Literature Award (Non-fiction)
Praise for Between the Leaves:
The sombre ‘gum leaves ethereal’ on the cover of this book capture the heartache, hope, commitment and passion these women experienced as they shared the narrative of their lives and added their gardening contribution to the great Australian landscape.SUSAN PARSONS, CANBERRA TIMES
Holmes' sensitive book demonstrates how gardens truly shaped the lives of these nine women as they in turn shaped their gardens.PELICAN MAGAZINE