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

In this memoir, 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, to find ways to embrace them.

It also unleashes an overwhelming desire to confront her intractable 94-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 fully sustainable eco-house in the mid-coast of NSW 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.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143780496

    October 16, 2017

    Bantam Australia

    368 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780143780502

    October 3, 2016

    Bantam Australia

    368 pages

    RRP $34.99

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    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
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    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
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    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9780143780489

    October 3, 2016

    Random House Australia

    368 pages

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Q&A
The Gift of Time

The House on the Hill author Susan Duncan answers our questions.

Also by Susan Duncan

Surrender to Summer 2
The Great Australian Writers' Collection 2013
Gone Fishing
Tales from Pittwater
The Briny Cafe
A Life On Pittwater
The House At Salvation Creek
Salvation Creek

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