Elemental by Amanda Curtin

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Read Elemental Online Free - Nearing the end of her life, Meggie Tulloch takes up her pen to write a story for her granddaughter, Laura. It begins in the first years of the twentieth century, in a place where howling winds spin salt and sleet sucked up from ice floes. A place where lives are ruled by men, and men by the witchy sea. A place where the only thing lower than a girl in the order of things is a clever girl with accursed red hair. A place schooled in keeping secrets. Thirty years after her grandmother's death, Laura receives her notebooks and discovers the painful past that Meggie spent a lifetime trying to forget. Moving from the north-east of Scotland to the Shetland Isles to Fremantle, Australia, Elemental is a novel about the life you make from the life you are given.

Title : Elemental
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ISBN : 174258506X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 444 pages


Rashida rated it ★★★★★

May 28, 2013

Book Review – Elemental by Amanda Curtin There are so many aspects of this book that snagged my heart that I would need to do several reviews to do justice to all those aspects. So I will content myself in this review at least, by saying that this is a deeply believable book, deeply forgiving and...

Fiona rated it ★★★★☆

December 10, 2016

So nearly 5 stars. This is a beautifully written story about Meggie, born in NE Scotland at the end of the 19th century. At the end of her life, she is writing her memoirs for her granddaughter before her memory fades or she dies. She talks about the harshness of a life tied to the sea. Her famil...

Louise rated it ★★★★★

April 09, 2017

Elemental is Amanda Curtin’s second novel and it is a huge work, richly researched and steeped in atmosphere. It takes the reader on a geographical and chronological journey – from the isolated fishing village of Roanhaven on the north-east coast of Scotland at the turn of the twentieth century,...

Lisa rated it ★★★★☆

January 19, 2016

As you know if you saw the Sensational Snippet that I posted about Amanda Curtin’s new novel Elemental, I loved this book. Curtin is an author of exceptional talent and in this novel she tugs at the heartstrings without being maudlin, sentimental or twee. This is one of those novels that is at on...

Robyn rated it ★★★★★

March 22, 2016

The story of Meggie Tulloch will become a classic. Amanda Curtin shares 'Fish Meggie's' extraordinary life-- from the north of Scotland, to the Shetland Islands, to Fremantle in Western Australia. And within Meggie's story Amanda expresses, through a subtlety and beauty of language that is the ha...

Kimbofo rated it ★★★★☆

March 20, 2016

A fine historical novel that spans the course of one woman's life from the Scottish fishing village of her birth, in late 19th century, to her new life as an emigre in Fremantle, Australia. To read my review in full, please visit my blog.

Kristen rated it ★★★★★

July 03, 2013

I loved this novel. I’ll never forget little Fish Meggie, the Gutting Girl from the Top of the World. I’ll never forget the woman she became; the woman who speaks to her ‘Lambsie’ in an endearing Scottish brogue. She shares her agonies, of which there are many; her delights, of which there are few...

Betty rated it ★★★★★

June 03, 2014

For anyone with a nostalgic yearning for the good old days, who fancies living in a small fishing village, this book is a great antidote. Set in Scotland in 1903, this novel begins by depicting the main character Meggie and life in a village where children are merely workhorses and women have a l...

Felicity rated it ★★★★★

June 06, 2013

Elemental is not only a well-crafted story filled with fascinating historical facts, it is a beautiful exploration of the human condition. Reaching above and beyond the life of a herring girl to touch universal themes such as love,loss and regeneration, this novel will give most readers something...

Anne rated it ★★★★☆

January 18, 2016

The best read I've had in a while. Evocative- I felt the cold ,I smelt the sea & experienced the lives of characters.I tagged pages of my book & read passages again & again. My favourite " when things change, something new enters the space you live in,something you must move with,turn...

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