Dark Places

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Text Publishing, May 16, 2010 - Fiction - 352 pages
16 Reviews
Winner of the Vance Palmer Award for Fiction, Victorian Premier's Literary Prize, 1995.

Albion Gidley Singer creates his world as a vast collection of facts-facts he uses to support his own power and status. After an awkward childhood, aware that he is a disappointment to his father, he acquires, the trappings of respectability-success in business, a family. But beneath his comically grand exterior, Albion's soul remains a dark place of fear and loathing, driving him to terrifying deeds.

Kate Grenville, author of the award-winning The Secret River, takes us inside the mind of one of her most powerful creations: a man who can persuade himself that he has the right, perhaps even the duty, to conquer and subdue the mocking flesh of any woman. Even his daughter Lilian...the unforgettable character Grenville introduced in her brilliant debut Lilian's Story.

'A ventriloqual tour de force of the darkness at the heart of man.' Sydney Morning Herald

 

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Review: Dark Places (Singer family prequel)

User Review  - Jodie Warner - Goodreads

Kate Grenville is such an amazing writer. I'd love to know her motivation or compulsion for writing this (I haven't read Lilian's Story) as Albion Gidley Singer is such a vile case study. Read full review

Review: Dark Places (Singer family prequel)

User Review  - Caroline - Goodreads

Makes me feel queasy writing I really enjoyed this book, but I did. Albion Singer is a loathsome human being, a product of his environment. A very interesting, if grotesque, turn of the 20th century Australian tale. Read full review

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Kate Grenville is one of Australia's finest writers. Her early works, which include Lilian's Story, Dark Places and Joan Makes History, have become modern classics and are admired by critics and readers around the world. Her 1992 novel, The Idea of Perfection, was a bestseller and winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, Britain's most valuable literary award. In 2006 Kate Grenville was awarded the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the NSW Premier's Literary Award for The Secret River, and the novel was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her latest book is the highly praised 2008 novel The Lieutenant. Kate lives in New South Wales.

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