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The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

Tracy Farr s acclaimed debut novel is the fictional memoir of Dame Lena Gaunt: musician, octogenarian, junkie. From a solitary childhood in Malacca and a Perth boarding school to a glittering career in Jazz-age Sydney and a defining relationship with bohemian artist Beatrix Carmichael, Lena s is a life shaped by the pull of the sea, the ebb and flow of passion and loss, and that extraordinary instrument, the theremin. Tracy Farr is an Australian-born, New Zealand-based writer and former research scientist. "The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt" was longlisted for Australia s most prestigious literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award. "
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About the Author

Tracy Farr: Australian-born author Tracy Farr has lived in Wellington, New Zealand since 1996. Her debut novel The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt was longlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award, and shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards and Barbara Jefferis Award.


Tracy Farr's beautifully written and well-crafted novel combines music and art as she moves the reader around the globe through the dazzling 30s and 40s, paying tribute to the life of an artist in all its forms. --West Australian I was completely engrossed in Lena Gaunt's heartfelt story. Older readers in particular will appreciate this book, as will music aficianados and lovers of the sea. --Books + Publishing This is a sparkling debut novel that captures the spirit of an accomplished woman as she reflects on the arc of her long life. --Adelaide Advertiser Longlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award, and shortlisted for the 2014 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards and the 2014 Barbara Jefferis Award. Tracy Farr won the 2014 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Award for a story written while she held the inaugural R.A.K. Mason Writer's Fellowship in early 2014.

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