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Issue Details: First known date: 2015 2015
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'Sydney, Milsons Point, 1926. Entire streets are being demolished for the building of the Harbour Bridge. Ellis Gilbey, landlady by day, gardening writer by night, is set to lose everything. Only the faith in the book she’s writing, and hopes for a garden of her own, stave off despair. As the tight-knit community splinters and her familiar world crumbles, Ellis relives her escape to the city at sixteen, landing in the unlikely care of self-styled theosophist Minerva Stranks.

'When artist Rennie Howarth knocks on her door seeking refuge from a stifling upper-class life and an abusive husband, Ellis glimpses a chance to fulfil her dreams. The future looms uncertain while the past stays uncannily in pursuit.

'This beautiful novel evokes the hardships and the glories of Sydney’s past and tells the little-known story of those made homeless to make way for the famous bridge. Peopled by bohemians and charlatans, earthy folk and fly-by-nighters, The Floating Garden is about shedding secrets, seizing second chances, and finding love amongst the ruins.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Notes

  • Dedication: For Delma
  • In addition to reviews individually indexed on AustLit, the following reviews of Emma Ashmere's work has also appeared:

    • Lisa Walker, 'Local Author’s Debut Novel Impresses', Northern Rivers Echo, 21 May 2015, p.20.
    • Cameron Woodhead, 'In Short Fiction', Spectrum [SMH], 16-17 May 2015, p.32.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • North Melbourne, Flemington - North Melbourne area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Spinifex Press , 2015 .
      821450135217927550.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 243p.
      Note/s:
      • Published May 2015.
      ISBN: 9781742199368

Works about this Work

[Untitled] Sue Gould , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 6 June 2015; (p. 32)

— Review of The Floating Garden : A Novel Emma Ashmere 2015 single work novel
Behind the Book : Stories beneath the Bridge Emma Ashmere , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: Good Reading , July 2015; (p. 30-32)
Hundreds Displaced by a Famous Coathanger Sarah Armstrong , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Byron Shire Echo , 24 June 2015; (p. 15)

— Review of The Floating Garden : A Novel Emma Ashmere 2015 single work novel
[Untitled] Sue Gould , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 6 June 2015; (p. 32)

— Review of The Floating Garden : A Novel Emma Ashmere 2015 single work novel
Hundreds Displaced by a Famous Coathanger Sarah Armstrong , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Byron Shire Echo , 24 June 2015; (p. 15)

— Review of The Floating Garden : A Novel Emma Ashmere 2015 single work novel
Behind the Book : Stories beneath the Bridge Emma Ashmere , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: Good Reading , July 2015; (p. 30-32)
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