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Skylarking Longlisted For The Voss Literary Prize 2017 Skylarking Is A Beautifully Written Love Letter To Female Friendship, Full Of The Passion, Envy And Confusion Of Growing Up And Growing Apart Kate RiordanKate And Harriet Are Best Friends Growing Up Together On An Isolated Australian Cape As The Daughters Of The Lighthouse Keepers, The Two Girls Share Everything, Until A Fisherman, McPhail, Arrives In Their Small Community.When Kate Witnesses The Desire That Flares Between Him And Harriet, She Is Torn By Her Feelings Of Envy And Longing An Innocent Moment In McPhail S Hut Then Occurs That Threatens To Tear Their Peaceful Community Apart.Inspired By A True Story, Skylarking Is A Spellbinding Tale Of Friendship And Desire, Memory And Truth, Which Questions What It Is To Remember And How Tempting It Can Be To Forget.What Reviewers And Readers Say It S Testament To Kate Mildenhall S Skill That You Become So Immersed In The Lives Of Best Friends Kate And Harriet You Feel The Dread, But Hope It Will Not Be So Fans Of Emily Bitto S The Strays And Favel Parrett S Past The Shallows Will Find Much To Admire Here Herald Sun Mildenhall S Research Of Life On A Remote Cape In A Young Colony Manifests In Lovingly Drawn Descriptions Of The Natural Landscape The Novel S Strength Lies With Following Kate S And Harriet S Stumbles And Skylarking From Childhood To Womanhood And Their Close, Sometimes Stifling, Friendship Thuy On, Sydney Morning Herald It Is Hard To Believe That Skylarking Is Kate Mildenhall S Debut Novel, As Her Ability To Create Both Character And Atmosphere Is Impressive Annie Condon, Readings Monthly It S No Surprise To Learn That Debut Author Kate Mildenhall Counts Geraldine Brooks And Hannah Kent Among Her Favourite Writers Inspired By A True Story, Skylarking Recreates A Particular Time And Place As Evocatively As They Dothis Is A Beautifully Written Book, With Lyrical Descriptions Of The Desolate Yet Beautiful Landscape AFR Magazine Mildenhall Is At Her Best When She Is Exploring The Complex Relationship Between These Two Young Women As Their Burgeoning Sexuality Begins To Cause Problems Within Their Tiny Community Books Publishing Kate Mildenhall S Impressive Debut Novel Is Filled With The Light And Air Of Its Rugged Coastal Setting The Perfect Backdrop For Mildenhall S Powerful Evocation Of A Passionate, Intense Relationship Between Two Young Women Mildenhall Takes This Historical Case And Re Imagines It With Such Sensitivity And Insight That We Feel This Must Be How It Truly Happened Emily Bitto, Author Of The Strays The Storm Lashed Coastline Of The Great Southern Land Is The Setting For This Poetic, Slow Moving Tale Of The Friendship An Evocative Yarn Australian Women S Weekly Skylarking Is A Strikingly Real And Deeply Moving Meditation On Adolescent Friendship In All Its Complexities, Faithfully Rendering Both Teenage Envy And The Depths Of Love Between Two Girls The Bush Comes Alive One Can Almost Hear The Sound Of The Crickets On A Hot Evening But Above All, It Is A Heart Wrenching Work Olga Lorenzo, Author Of Salt Creek Author Kate Mildenhall Evocatively Brings To The Mind S Eye The Lives Of Two Young Girls In Victorian Era Australia Better Reading Skylarking Is A Brave, Beautiful And Richly Textured Book Which Delicately Explores The Fault Lines In Love And Friendship, Revealing Their Thrill And Loveliness As Well As Their Darker Sides Jealousy And Heartbreaking Regret Lucy Treloar, Author Of The Light On The Water

10 thoughts on “Skylarking

  1. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    3.5 Absolutely beautiful setting, described wonderfully An isolated Cape in Australia, a lighthouse keeper, his family and a few others that live on the Cape, and two girls with a friendship they hope will last forever Days filled with fun, adventure, secrets, chores too of course, but we all grow up A new young man arrives on the Cape, and this and he wi

  2. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    This was a beautiful book to read, the story of two young girls growing up in a very small community in Australia, their lives, their friendships and their loves.The story is based on a true event, a tragedy which occurred in 1887 at Cape St George The author has used many of the real names of the characters who were actually involved and then has spun a web

  3. Dale Harcombe Dale Harcombe says:

    What a joy and relief these days to read a novel that is simply told There is no jumping around in time and no changing points of view but just a novel of two girls growing up and their friendship It also accurately portrays the jealousy and feelings that raise their heads when one starts to grow up and have different experiences before the other This starts most

  4. Amanda - Mrs B& Amanda - Mrs B& says:

    is a book that takes an atmospheric and introspective look at the powerful friendship that forms between two young girls while they come of age on an isolated lighthouse community in the 1880 s This powerful Australian literary fiction tale is informed significantly on historical fact.At the centre of this debut historical fiction novel is Kate, the daughter of a lig

  5. Brenda Brenda says:

    Kate and Harriet had been best friends all their lives Kate s father was the head lighthouse keeper and Harriet s father was his assistant Together their families had lived through heat, cold summers and winters on the isolated cape on the edge of the Australian coastline It was the 1880s and Kate and Harriet grew up knowing fun and laughter, adventures and love.Harriet

  6. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    In this debut novel, Kate Mildenhall re imagines what could have happened to cause a tragic event that occurred in a small coastal community in the 1880s As the only girls in their mid teens, Kate and Harriet are close friends in the isolated community around the lighthouse where Kate s father is the keeper However, as they grow older and a handsome fisherman arrives in the

  7. Jane Jane says:

    This first novel is inspired by the true story of two friends, Kate Gibson and Harriet Parker They were the daughters of lighthouse keepers, who grew up together, in a small, isolated community on the coast of Australia s Jervis Bay Territory, late in the 19th century.Certain facts are public record the story that underpins those facts is imagined.I love that this is a story of

  8. PattyMacDotComma PattyMacDotComma says:

    3.5 Skylarking is a work of fiction, based on the true story of Harriet Parker her best friend, Kate Gibson, the hut of Donald McPhail at Cape St George in 1887 I came upon this story while camping with dear friends at Greenpatch camping ground in Jervis Bay, New South Wales This is an edited version of the Author s Note at the end of the book, and it does show the bare bo

  9. Brooke - One Woman& Brooke - One Woman& says: onewomansbbrSkylarking by Kate Mildenhall 2016 As daughters of lighthouse keepers, Kate and Harriet are best friends growing up together on as isolated Australian cape in the 1880s Everything changes with the arrival of the fisherman McPhail and Kate sees the attraction between Harriet and McPhail One moment in his hut will change the girl

  10. Andrea Andrea says:

    Set in a tiny lighthouse community in the Jervis Bay area towards the end of the 19th century, this is the story of best friends, Kate and Harriet Kate is the younger by a couple of years smart, bookish, quite wilful, and supremely confident in the physical environment where her father is the head lighthouse keeper In many ways Harriet the blond, beautiful, only child seems less mature But

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