An evocative novel about memory and discovery anchored to the landscape and colours of Italy, England and Australia.
Shortlisted for the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award 2001.
Steeped in the landscape and colours of its locations, Sibyl's Cave follows the orphaned Billie through her childhood in Italy to the United Kingdom during World War II with her adopted family, to art school and then, finally, to her new life as an adult in Australia.
Interrupting the reclusive island life that Billie shares with Troy her housekeeper and Stan her housemate on the Hawkesbury River, Billie's niece Lorelei and her daughter Elissa arrive unannounced from England. As their lives intertwine stories emerge and secrets are revealed.
With an evocative eye for personality and place, Sibyl's Cave alternates between Billie's past, unearthed in her diaries and memories, and her present-day life on the island. It is a rich story about family and the importance of identity.
Catherine Padmore has recently completed a PhD in writing at Deakin University. Sibyl's Cave is her first novel and was shortlisted for The Australian/Vogel Award in 2001.
Short-listed Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best First Book Sout East ASIA and South Pacific Region 2005 AU; Short-listed The Australian Vogel Literary Award 2001 AU
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
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