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  • Published: 2 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143793533
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $32.99
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The Place on Dalhousie




From the bestselling author of Looking for Alibrandi comes this perfectly crafted novel about families, relationships and the true nature of belonging.

'You look the type to break your father’s heart.'
'Yeah, but he broke mine first.’

When Rosie Gennaro first meets Jimmy Hailler, she has walked away from life in Sydney, leaving behind the place on Dalhousie that her father, Seb, painstakingly rebuilt for his family but never saw completed. Two years later, Rosie returns to the house and living there is Martha, whom Seb Gennaro married less than a year after the death of Rosie’s mother. Martha is struggling to fulfil Seb’s dream, while Rosie is coming to terms with new responsibilities. And so begins a stand-off between two women who refuse to move out of the home they both lay claim to.

As the battle lines are drawn, Jimmy Hailler re-enters Rosie’s life. Having always watched other families from the perimeters, he’s now grappling, heartbreakingly, with forming one of his own . . .

An unforgettable story about losing love and finding love; about the interconnectedness of lives and the true nature of belonging, from one of our most acclaimed writers.

  • Pub date: 2 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143793533
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $32.99

About the Author

Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta is a bestselling author in more than twenty countries and eighteen languages. She has published award-winning young adult, fantasy and crime fiction, including her acclaimed crime novel, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil. Her much-loved Australian classic, Looking for Alibrandi, swept the pool of literary awards when it was published, and was also released as a film, adapted by Marchetta, winning an AFI Award and an Independent Film Award for best screenplay, as well as the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award. The companion novel to Marchetta’s award-winning book Saving Francesca, The Piper's Son, also received much acclaim in Australia and internationally, and in 2009 Marchetta won the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association for Jellicoe Road. She lives in Sydney.

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Praise for The Place on Dalhousie

“I can’t remember when I’ve loved a book so much. It really touched my heart.”

Amanda Keller

“Quite simply, I think Marchetta is one of the best storytellers we have in Australia.”

Bronte Coates, Readings

“With The Place on Dalhousie, Marchetta proves she is one of our best writers of contemporary human drama . . . Marchetta’s work radiates hope . . . In a world that can feel dark and cynical, this beautiful book is the perfect antidote.”

Jackie Tang, Readings

“One of my favourite books of the year . . . Hard to put down, impossible to forget, The Place on Dalhousie is one of those precious books you don’t want to end.”

Simon McDonald, https://writtenbysime.com/

“From the netball court, to the pram-obstructing cafes, to the home on Dalhousie and the neighbourhood and beyond, the book bustles with vitality. It’s Marchetta’s love letter to support systems that mend the broken.”

The Weekend Australian

“Funny, sad and wonderful. A tale full of heart that is as much about what separates us as what draws us together. Storytelling at its best and purest, casually, breezily told, yet wielding immense emotional power – I loved it . . . It will fill my heart forever.”

Better Reading

“This is wonderful storytelling – full of humour, tenderness and honesty.”

Debra Oswald

“I adored this wonderful, big-hearted book . . . It’s so absolutely flawless you almost want to applaud!”

Sarah McDuling, https://www.booktopia.com.au/blog/2019/03/05/review-place-on-dalhousie-melina-marchetta/

“Melina Marchetta writes masterfully about messy relationships, whether they are familial or romantic, and her new novel is no exception . . . The Place on Dalhousie is a big-hearted book that addresses grief, new motherhood and finding and defining your own family [that] is bound to be loved . . .”

Ellen Cregan, Books and Publishing


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