y The Idea of Perfection single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 1999 1999
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Set in the eccentric backwater of Karakarook New South Wales, this is the story of Douglas Cheeseman, a shy and clumsy engineer who meets Harley Savage, a woman who is known for being rather large and abrupt. Harley Savage is a plain, rawboned woman, a part-time museum curator and quilting expert with three failed marriages and a heart condition. Douglas Cheeseman is a shy, gawky engineer with jug-handle ears, one marriage gone sour, and a crippling lack of physical courage. Seeming to be incompetent was something Douglas did to protect himself, just as having a "dangerous streak" served the same purpose for Harley. Douglas is there to pull down a quaint old bridge and Harley aims to foster heritage. They are clearly on a collision course - but when they meet they are unaware that something unexpected is going to happen. (Source: Trove)


Notes

  • Dedication: For Tom and for Alice with love
  • Epigraph: 'An arch is two weaknesses which together make a strength.' - Leonardo da Vinci
  • Listed in The New York Times Book Review's list of Notable Books for 2002.
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • South Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Picador , 1999 .
      Extent: 401p.
      Reprinted: 2000
      ISBN: 0330361775, 0330362062
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Picador , 1999 .
      Extent: 401p.
      Reprinted: 2000
      ISBN: 0330392611
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Viking , 2002 .
      Extent: 401p.
      ISBN: 0670030805 (acid-free paper)
Alternative title: Dromen van volmaaktheid
Language: Dutch
    • Amsterdam,
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      Netherlands,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Arena , 2002 .
      Extent: 382p.
      ISBN: 9069744414

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Constructions of Nation and Gender in The Idea of Perfection Sue Kossew , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lighting Dark Places : Essays on Kate Grenville. 2010; (p. 153-166)
Bridges and Troubled Waters Carol Merli , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australia : Who Cares? 2007; (p. 123-133)
Kate Grenville's Mythopoeic Imagination : A Study of Her Novels Atiqa Masih , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Caring Cultures : Sharing Imaginations : Australia and India 2006; (p. 131-141)
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Gao bie ji jin nu quan zhu yi-Ping Kaite Gelunweier de xioa shuo Hei an zhi di yu Wan mei zhu yi Liping Wang , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Foreign Literature Studies , August vol. 28 no. 120 2006; (p. 103-107)
Australian 'Everymans' : Post-Medieval Spiritual Adventurers Margaret Rogerson , 2005-2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Medievalism and the Gothic in Australian Culture 2006; (p. 81-97)
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The Wood from the Trees : Taxonomy and the Eucalypt as the New National Hero in Recent Australian Writing Susan K. Martin , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 3 no. 2004; (p. 81-94)
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Engineering Romance Sylvia Brownrigg , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 23 June vol. 107 no. 25 2002; (p. 16)

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A Thrill for This Writer , but Not Everyone's Idea of Perfection Angela Bennie , 2001 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 May 2001; (p. 3)
Grenville Wins Fiction Prize 2001 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 June 2001; (p. 7)
Myview Rosemary Sorensen , 2001 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 June 2001; (p. 2)
Shelflife : A Winning Week for Frank and Kate Jason Steger , 2001 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 9 June 2001; (p. 9)
Kate Grenville Hits Back with Perfection Jenna Price , 2001 single work column
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 24 June 2001; (p. 59)
Sunday Age Book Focus : The Idea of Perfection : Week Two : Discussion Points 2001 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 19 August 2001; (p. 11)
The Imperfect Perfectionist Murray Waldren , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 8-9 September 2001; (p. 29-30)
Sunday Age Book Focus : The Idea of Perfection 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 5 August 2001; (p. 11)

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Sunday Age Book Focus : The Idea of Perfection : Week Three : What the Author and Critics Say 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 26 August 2001; (p. 11)

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Untitled Robyn Sheahan-Bright , 2001-2002 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , December-January no. 4 2001-2002;

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Dots on the Landscape Drusilla Modjeska , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Best Australian Essays 2000 2000; (p. 312-320) The Australian's Review of Books , March vol. 5 no. 2 2000; (p. 3-4)
Threading Words Together Dorothy Jones , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: New Literatures Review , Winter vol. 36 no. 2000; (p. 3-16)
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— Appears in: The Australian's Review of Books , April vol. 5 no. 3 2000; (p. 18)

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A Search for Perfection in a Quilt of Many Characters Ruth Arndt , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times Sunday Times , 3 October 1999; (p. 18)

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A Search for Perfection in a Quilt of Many Characters Bridget Brooklyn , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times Sunday Times , 3 October 1999; (p. 18)

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A Search for Perfection in a Quilt of Many Characters Jack Palmer , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times Sunday Times , 3 October 1999; (p. 18)

— Review of The Idea of Perfection Kate Grenville 1999 single work novel
A Search for Perfection in a Quilt of Many Characters Bron Sibree , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times Sunday Times , 3 October 1999; (p. 18)

— Review of The Idea of Perfection Kate Grenville 1999 single work novel
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— Appears in: The Australian's Review of Books , August vol. 4 no. 7 1999; (p. 3,27)

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— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28-29 August 1999; (p. 15)

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How to Make an Australian Quilt Don Anderson , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 214 1999; (p. 31-32)

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Perfect Perceptions Katharine England , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 September 1999; (p. 23)

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Perfect Portrait Mandy Sayer , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 3 August vol. 117 no. 6185 1999; (p. 105-106)

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Perfectly Bent Thomas Shapcott , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 21 August 1999; (p. 9)

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Small Towns, a Kinder View A. P. Riemer , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4 September 1999; (p. 12)

— Review of The Idea of Perfection Kate Grenville 1999 single work novel
The Feel-Good Factor of a Pastoral Paradox Peter Craven , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 21 August 1999; (p. 9)

— Review of The Idea of Perfection Kate Grenville 1999 single work novel
Untitled John Ralph , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , Summer vol. 44 no. 4 1999; (p. 126-128)

— Review of The Idea of Perfection Kate Grenville 1999 single work novel
Book Talk Elaine Barry , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian's Review of Books , April vol. 5 no. 3 2000; (p. 18)

— Review of The Idea of Perfection Kate Grenville 1999 single work novel
Shifting Light and Shadow Susan Omundsen , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 60 no. 2 2000; (p. 190-192)

— Review of The Idea of Perfection Kate Grenville 1999 single work novel
Nobody's Perfect Jennifer Livett , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Island , Autumn no. 82 2000; (p. 29-32)

— Review of The Idea of Perfection Kate Grenville 1999 single work novel
Sunday Age Book Focus : The Idea of Perfection 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 5 August 2001; (p. 11)

— Review of The Idea of Perfection Kate Grenville 1999 single work novel
Sunday Age Book Focus : The Idea of Perfection : Week Three : What the Author and Critics Say 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 26 August 2001; (p. 11)

— Review of The Idea of Perfection Kate Grenville 1999 single work novel
After the Dark, the Light Lesley Walter , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , vol. 12 no. 1 2000;

— Review of The Idea of Perfection Kate Grenville 1999 single work novel
Untitled Robyn Sheahan-Bright , 2001-2002 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , December-January no. 4 2001-2002;

— Review of The Idea of Perfection Kate Grenville 1999 single work novel
The Wood from the Trees : Taxonomy and the Eucalypt as the New National Hero in Recent Australian Writing Susan K. Martin , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 3 no. 2004; (p. 81-94)
Explores the cultural circulation of the Eucalyptus as represented in a variety of recent Australian texts.
Kate Grenville's Mythopoeic Imagination : A Study of Her Novels Atiqa Masih , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Caring Cultures : Sharing Imaginations : Australia and India 2006; (p. 131-141)
The article examines the portrayal of female characters and the female voice in the novels of Kate Grenville.
Australian 'Everymans' : Post-Medieval Spiritual Adventurers Margaret Rogerson , 2005-2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Medievalism and the Gothic in Australian Culture 2006; (p. 81-97)
Margaret Rogerson demonstrates types of medievalism in Australian literature, through a discussion of the deployment of the 'everyman' figure.
Gao bie ji jin nu quan zhu yi-Ping Kaite Gelunweier de xioa shuo Hei an zhi di yu Wan mei zhu yi Liping Wang , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Foreign Literature Studies , August vol. 28 no. 120 2006; (p. 103-107)
Bridges and Troubled Waters Carol Merli , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australia : Who Cares? 2007; (p. 123-133)
Constructions of Nation and Gender in The Idea of Perfection Sue Kossew , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lighting Dark Places : Essays on Kate Grenville. 2010; (p. 153-166)
Dots on the Landscape Drusilla Modjeska , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Best Australian Essays 2000 2000; (p. 312-320) The Australian's Review of Books , March vol. 5 no. 2 2000; (p. 3-4)
Nobody's Perfect Angela Bennie , 1999 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 31 July 1999; (p. 8)
Out of the Dark Jane Sullivan , 1999 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 14 August 1999; (p. 7)
Bridges over Troubled Waters Barry Oakley , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bulletin (The Book Bulletin) , 24 August vol. 117 no. 6188 1999; (p. 14)
'Dog' Author's Best Friend Jeffrey Centenera , 1999 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times Sunday Times , 31 October 1999; (p. 2)
A Thrill for This Writer , but Not Everyone's Idea of Perfection Angela Bennie , 2001 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 May 2001; (p. 3)
Grenville Wins Fiction Prize 2001 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 June 2001; (p. 7)
Myview Rosemary Sorensen , 2001 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 June 2001; (p. 2)
Shelflife : A Winning Week for Frank and Kate Jason Steger , 2001 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 9 June 2001; (p. 9)
Kate Grenville Hits Back with Perfection Jenna Price , 2001 single work column
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 24 June 2001; (p. 59)
Sunday Age Book Focus : The Idea of Perfection : Week Two : Discussion Points 2001 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 19 August 2001; (p. 11)
The Imperfect Perfectionist Murray Waldren , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 8-9 September 2001; (p. 29-30)
Threading Words Together Dorothy Jones , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: New Literatures Review , Winter vol. 36 no. 2000; (p. 3-16)
Explores 'how the representations of textiles ... function in a variety of texts to define certain aspects of colonial and post-colonial subjectivity.' (p.4)
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