Tracy Farr has produced a rich, moving fictional biography in The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt (Fremantle Press), one that explores the way we tell stories to ourselves and each other through different media — film, painting, music and words. The novel duets between Lena’s Cottesloe home of 1991 and the sometimes tarnished rainbow arc of her life. There are the places: Singapore, Malacca, Perth, Cottesloe, Sydney, Dunedin in New Zealand, Paris, St Ives. There are the people: Lena’s parents, her uncle Valentine, the love of her life the artist Beatrix Carmichael, her cello teacher Madame Petrova and the Russian professor who introduces her to the instrument that will change her forever.
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