September 25 , 2010

The Beloved


Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award
"It came one morning with the milk, and it seemed - at first - almost as innocent..."
When Roberta "Bertie" Lightfoot is struck down with polio, her world collapses. But Mama doesn't tolerate self-pity, and Bertie is nobody if not her mother's daughter - until she sets her heart on becoming an artist. Through drawing, the gifted and perceptive Bertie gives form and voice to the reality of the people and the world around her. While her father is happy enough to indulge Bertie's driving passion, her mother will not let art get in the way of the future she wishes for her only daughter.
In 1955 the family moves to post-colonial Port Moresby, a sometimes violent frontier town, where Bertie, determined to be the master of her own life canvas, rebels against her mother's strict control. In this tropical landscape, Bertie thrives amid the lush pallette of colours and abundance, secretly learning the techniques of drawing and painting under the tutelage of her mother's arch rival.
But Roberta is not the only one deceiving her family. As secrets come to light, the domestic varnish starts to crack, and jealousy and passion threaten to forever mar the relationship between mother and daughter.
Tender and witty, The Beloved is a moving debut novel which paints a vivid portrait of both the beauty and the burden of unconditional love.
Winner of the Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Best Emerging Queensland Author 2011
Winner of the Nita B Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers Kibble Literary Award 2013
Commended for FAW National Literary Awards' Christina Stead Award 2012

Download fb2

Read also

Dodecabus: A New Kind of Math Puzzle

Dodecabus:A New Kind of Math Puzzle. Looking for some fun puzzles / brain exercise? Want to brush up on your basic math skills? Interested in elementary number theory? Enjoy the challenge of deceptively easy problems? Then, this new Math Puzzle was designed and built for you! Then, this new Math Puzzle was designed and built for you!

Show more...

How to download book

Buy this book

You can buy this book now only for $12.39. This is the lowest price for this book.

Buy book

Download book free

If you want to download this book for free, please register, approve your account and get one book for free.


After that you may download book «The Beloved»:

Download Mobi:

Download ePUB 2:


Download Microsoft Reader (LIT):