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The House on the Hill

The third memoir from the author of bestsellers Salvation Creek and The House at Salvation Creek.

In The House on the Hill, Susan Duncan reaches an age where there’s no point in sweating long-term ramifications. There aren’t any. This new understanding delivers an unexpected bonus – the emotional freedom and moral clarity to admit to hidden and often fiendish facts of ageing and, ultimately, the find ways to embrace them.

This, in turn, unleashes an overwhelming desire to confront her intractable 95-year-old mother with the dreadful secrets of the past before it is too late, no matter the consequences. It is the not-knowing, she says, that does untold damage.

Interwoven with stories from the land – building a sustainable eco-house on the mid-coast of New South Wales with her engineer husband, Bob, and grappling with white-eyed roans, dogs, bawling cattle markets, droughts and flooding rains, not to mention blunt-speaking locals – this is a book about a mother and daughter coming to terms, however uneasy, with the awful forces that shaped their relationship.

As the inconstancies of age slow her down, Susan Duncan writes with honesty about discovery and forgiveness, and what it takes to rework shrinking boundaries into a new and rich life.
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  • Title: The House on the Hill
  • Author: Susan Duncan
  • Publisher: Random House Australia
  • ISBN: 9780143780502
  • Format: PaperBack
  • Category: General Biographies
  • Publication Date: 03/10/2016
  • Pages: 368
  • Country of publication: Australia

RATINGS & REVIEW

14/11/2016 6:03:37 PM - Helen
New House, old adversaries
I have always like Susan Duncan's books and have all of them. She writes very entertainingly. However I am a little disappointed with this, her latest book. She said it was very difficult for her to write, it is sometimes difficult for me to read, especially when she is interacting with her mother. Her mother may be a schemer and plays to her audience but I think Susan makes a bit much of this. I know she loves her mother but often this is hidden by criticism and argument. I would have liked to see a bit more love. Building the house in interesting and the hardships of camping and making decisions make entertaining reading. I liked it when the newly bought cattle escaped. I could relate to that. I have enjoyed it and I hope she can reconcile herself to her mother's memory eventually with love.
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