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Ued with Catherine training and competing in the USA before attempting to swim the English Channel You ll have to read the book to see if she makes itCatherine is a very likeable character and one you want to come out on top and be happy Her aunt Louisa infuriated me and I really couldn t stand her for much of the book Having such a visceral reaction to her was a sign to me of a well drawn character There is a lot packed into this book thematically Suffrage secrets relationships what makes someone kin pressure the role of media The theme I found most interesting was the focus on suffrage and the difference in how women approached this Louisa a doctor was a pioneer in her field and was a strong advocate of women s rights However she didn t understand or have mpathy for women who were fighting for OBaby euality in areas other thanmployment for xample sport swimmingWhat really shines for me with this book though were the scenes set on Thursday Island I could smell the coconut and the salt water I could feel the sun beating and see it glinting in the water These scenes were contrasted with Catherine s xperience of London I can t speak highly Zack (Areion Fury MC enough of those scenes set on Thursday Island they were incrediblyvocative and I wish there had been With thanks to the publisher and Goodreads First Reads for this copy to read and review It s 1925 and after an idyllic childhood growing up in the Torres Strait Islands learning to swim in the clear warm waters Catherine finds herself an orphan and living with her aunt in England She s miserable trapped in a school where she doesn t fit in where she hasn t been raised the same way as the other girls She can t swim something she has lived for as long as she can remember Her aunt Louisa is a busy doctor and she holds views on the way Catherine needs to behave now The time for running wild on the island is over she needs to grow up into a well rounded young woman who now has the opportunity to do anything to be anythingA chance meeting with rich American Manfred Lear Black gives Catherine the opportunity she so desperately craves the chance to swim He convinces Catherine to come to New York and go up against some of America s best female swimmers He s convinced that she could be the first woman to successfully swim the English Channel and he s willing to provide the financial backing for her attempt But is it simply an innocent interest in finding a champion or does he have deeper motivesSwimming Home is the latest novel from bestselling author Mary Rose MacColl and it gives the reader three very different settings an island in the Torres Strait off the coast of the northern tip of Australia London and then New York Catherine grew up the daughter of a doctor who worked on a remote island in the Torres Strait She learned to swim in the open water at an incredibly young age and it s something that shapes her ntire life as are her relationships with her father s native housekeeper who has cared for Catherine since the death of her mother when she was a toddler as well as the housekeeper s son Michael On the island the relationships are different although the native Torres Straight Islanders do not scape having their children taken to be fostered out among white families in order to see them raised properly and put to workWhen Catherine is 14 her father dies leaving her an orphan He makes his sister Catherine s Aunt Louisa her guardian someone Catherine has only seen once when she was a young child Unmarried Louisa is a busy surgeon not at all sure of how to raise a teenage girl Still she does her family duty and travels to the islands to bring Catherine back to England seemingly unaware just how reluctant Catherine is to leave her home and move somewhere so utterly removed from ContamiNation everything she hasver known To be honest I thought Louisa although clueless about adolescents did show uite a bit of shortsightedness here thinking that Taxi ins Glück enrolling Catherine in good school where she would be very unlikely to fit inspecially immediately would be the answer to Catherine s development I understand where she was coming from and her thoughts on how to raise Catherine a girl who had been left to really kind of go wild from an English point of view But she really seems very oblivious to the fact that the girl has had so much change in her life and she s miserable She s had the things and people she loves most taken from her and she s moved to a place that s the virtual opposite of verything she s ver known Louisa is very busy and she has trouble actually sitting down and talking to Catherine as Catherine s presence stirs up memories for her It s Louisa s housekeeper Nellie who understands how lonely and out of place Catherine feels When Catherine swims th. Mories from her pastIt takes the influence of Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas enigmatic American banker Manfred Lear Black to convince Louisa to come to New York where Catherine can test her mettle against the first women in the world to swim the English Channel And where unexpectedly Louisa can finally listen to what her own heart tells herLike Mary Rose MacColl's bestselling novel In Falling Snow Swimming Home tells a story of ordinary women who becamextraordina.
Four and a half starsLouisa is an independent career woman and busy surgeon in London As such she suffers the inability to deal with some of the diseases that back in 1925 were life threatening Conditions for those who are poor only add to the difficulties of those suffering diseases such as scarlet fever How times have changed These days scarlet fever can be dealt with by a course of antibioticsOn the other side of the world Catherine is The Magic Rolling Pin enjoying life in her island home cared for by a loving father Harry Louisa s brother and the dark skinned Islander Florence Then without warning life changes for both of them After her brother s sudden death Louisa who has fought valiantly foruality for women is confronted with caring for Catherine But what Louisa thinks is best for Catherine is vastly different to what 15 year old Catherine wants Even tho Mary Rose MacColl is one of my favourite writers and has recently taken a turn towards historical fiction In Falling SnowSwimming Home is a novel of beautiful sensory delights We feel full colour ueensland humidity and grey London cold we feel wet and dry we smell coconut and chlorine Reading it was luxuriating in the sensual ven though at no point was I looking at anything other than black marks on a white page It was a kind of magic spellAnd within this world the characters came alive Louisa who is so clever and always does the right thing until she does the wrong thing so breath takingly that we can only feel worried for her Catherine who is as simple and determined as only the very young can be Manfred Lear Black who has his own reasons for knowing his wealth does not ual his happiness Florence Nellie Michael all full bodied creations and all responsible for a few tears Not Without a Fight each as their lives unfolded across the pagesBut what I loved best about this novel was the way that it took seriously the meaning of women s lives Women s lives lived not just as small things but as rolling horizons out in the world New York London the Torres Strait This story gives us both intimacy and scope mirroring the movement between what is shown in the book on the ground in the water and from the air Top notch historical fiction from a writer at the top of her game It s 1925 and 15 year old Catherine s is sent to live in London with her Aunt Louisa after her father died She lived with her father on an island off the northeast shore of Australia Catherine misses swimming with her best friend Michael in the ocean off her island While in London she takes up a dare and swims across the Thames She is noticed by a rich American banker who wants to take her to New York and train her to swim the English Channel Her aunt and guardian Louisa approves the move and Catherine trains for her swim across the English Channel Does she make it No spoilers here Injoyed this book The writer needs a bit polish but it all seems to work You need to incorporate a suspension of disbelief when the rich American banker not only bankrolls Catherine but also bankrolls Louisa s medical clinic for the poor in London There is a historic basis for the book The concept of women swimming competitively was new in the Garden Bouquets and Beyond early 20th Centu Swimming Home is the sixth novel by Mary Rose MacColl her previous book In Falling Snow was a favourite read of mine in 2012Exploring the themes of family belonging regret and redemption Swimming Home is a gracious andngaging novelWhen fifteen year old Catherine is orphaned her aunt Dr Louisa uick insists she abandons her idyllic island home in the Torres Strait and move with her to London An independent and busy surgeon Louisa is determined to provide her niece with the opportunity to become a well The Unseen Wonder educated and successful young lady but Catherine is miserable in herxclusive day school missing the warmth of her Islander family and the ocean It s not until Catherine swims the width of the Thames on a dare and Louisa is approached by the The Management Bible enigmatic banker Manfred Lear Black that she reconsiders her plans for her niece As a doctor Louisa is intelligent and confident but she struggles to relate to her niece and uncomfortable withmotion she makes some poor decisions when it comes to seeing to Catherine s well being Though there is no malice intended Louisa s actions have far reaching conseuences and she suffers a crisis of conscience as the novel progresses Louisa is not a particularly likeable character at times but I think MacColl portrays her well and I was sympathetic to her flawsCatherine is resigned to her new life in London and wants to please her aunt but she is lonely and homesick Having spent almost Zu schnell everyday of her life swimming in the ocean she jumps at the chance to swim to under Manfred Lear Black s patronage in New York I felt for Catherine. The lone swimmer turning over now to switch to a perfectlyxecuted back crawl wasn't Oxford or Cambridge wasn't a man It was a woman a girl It was Catherine Of course it was CatherineIt's 1925 and fifteen year old Catherine uick longs to feel once the warm waters of her home to strike out into the ocean off the Torres Strait Islands and swim as she's done since she was a tiny child But with her recent move to London where she lives
Whose loving and idyllic childhood came to such an abrupt Sleepless (Bird of Stone, end She is remarkably stoic but her longing is palpable and she obviously feels out of place London contrasts sharply with her island home as does the New York tanks to her beloved ocean There are two subtle threads of mystery that run through the story and a few surprises in the plot though Swimming Home progresses at a measured pace What action there is stems largely from the Black s determination that Catherine will be the first woman to swim the breadth of the English Channel MacColl weaves fiction with fact as she writes of Catherine s competitors including Gertrude Ederle who was the first woman to swim the channel in 1926 and Injoyed learning something about the birth of competitive swimming for womenSet in an interesting period with complex characters and a thoughtful story Swimming Home is a finely written poignant and p I received this book from The Reading Room and Allen Unwin to review It s with many thanks that I do so I really njoyed this book and I give it a solid 4 stars It took me a long time to come to like Louisa a surgeon in London who devotes her ntire life to helping the poor but didn t have much compassion for her young niece although that did develop along the way Catherine the young niece looses her family and is taken from the only island home she has known and loved Sadly what Louisa wants in life for Catherine is different to what Catherine wantsThis book set in a time after the first war has been done very well You know and are drawn back to 1925 very convincingly Although I m not into swimming it s just something that has always been there for holidays and kids swimming carnivals the book did get me thinking as to how difficult it was for women to get into swimming back then Not something that had ver crossed my mind before and the way people thought about women swimming professionally in that time period was astoundingIf you pick up this book make sure you have a good chance to get into it as I found at the beginning it goes from present to past and when I put the book down struggled to work out where I was again But after that and when sticking to the present it flows better then And with a couple of twists and turns by the nd that I didn t xpect I found this a really good compelling read Thanks to The Reading Room an Allen Unwin for my ARC copy to read and review My favourite aspect of Mary Rose MacColl s Swimming Home was its sensual imagery I could smell the tropical sea hear the clang and clatter of arly 20th century New York and feel the chill of a London spring MacColl s love of swimming pervades Yummy Supper every page and descriptions of the activity are beautifully rendered Herxtensive research adds authenticity but never takes over the story Female mpowerment through ducation and Deep Listening employment opportunity is a central theme of the story It is a sobering reminder of how restricted women s lives were at the time and the sacrifices manyndured to do work that they loved and believed important An vocative nthralling read Highly recommended Great heartfelt historical novel This is my first novel by Mary Rose MacColl but will not be my last Her mastery of allowing you to see hear smell and feel the words on the page is a rare gift Her characters spring off the page and are those who you wish were your neighbors This novel is about two very strong determined female characters They are brought together by the death of a fatherbrother Aunt and niece have lived very different lives one prim and proper sans children the other unkempt active and carefree One from Australia forced out of her Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature element the other from London who goes back to her normal routine Once this match is made it is obvious that things must change niece Cathrine loves to swim has always swam Aunt Louisa resumes her duties as a doctor and insists Catherine stiuette and ducation come first Enters Manfred Lear Black a rich American banker and all status uo is shattered Thank you to First to Read for the digital ARC This is a historical fiction that takes place in London England in 1925 Catherine is a 15 year old girl that as loss so much and was sent to London to live with her Aunt but all she want is to go back to Australia and swim I loved learning about the time period and following this hard headed 15 year old girl This was a great book I find myself drawn to books about water and swimming and I had an abundance of both in this bookCatherine grew up in an idyllic location in the Torres Strait with her father her mother having died when she was an infant Following the death of her father Catherine now 15 years moves to London to be with her aunt Through her young life Catherine had loved swimming and this contin. Ith her aunt Louisa Catherine feels that verything she values has been stripped awayLouisa a busy confident London surgeon who fought boldly for Trajan euality for women holds definite views on the behaviour of her young niece She wants Catherine to pursue anducation just as she did to Bunnys Book Club Goes to School ensure her future freedom Since Catherine arrived however Louisa'svery step seems to be wrong and she is finding it harder and harder to block painful me.
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Mary Rose MacColl is an Australian writer whose first novel No Safe Place was runner up in the 1995 Australian Vogel literary award Her first non fiction book The Birth Wars was a finalist in the 2009 Walkley Awards In Falling Snow October 2012 Mary Rose's fourth novel tells the largely unknown story of a small group of Scottish women who ran a field hospital for France in World War I in