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Hat flares between him and Harriet she is torn by her feelings of envy and longing But one moment in McPhail’s hut will change the course of their lives forever Inspired by a true story Skylarking is a stunning debut novel about friendship love and loss one. In this debut novel Kate Mildenhall re imagines what could have happened to cause a tragic event that occurred in a small coastal community in the 1880s As the only girls in their mid teens Kate and Harriet are close friends in the isolated community around the lighthouse where Kate s father is the keeper However as they grow older and a handsome fisherman arrives in the community they compete for his attention and jealousy starts to creep into their relationship The tension builds slowly up to the tragic incident that tore apart their lives and their familiesThis is a gently told story It focused mostly on the details of daily life in a small community and the freedom the girls enjoyed as they were growing up but also the need for them to leave one day if they wanted to marry and have families It was easy to relate to Kate who as the narrator told us of her feelings and her yearnings to experience the wider world Harriet felt distant and a little spoiled especially after visiting Melbourne to look for a suitor The Coquette and the Boarding School re imagines what could have happened to cause a tragic event that occurred in a small coastal community in the 1880s As the only girls in their mid teens Kate and Harriet are close friends in the isolated community around the lighthouse where Kate s father is the keeper However as they grow older and a handsome fisherman arrives in the community they compete for his attention and jealousy starts to creep into their Imagimorphia relationship The tension builds slowly up to the tragic incident that tore apart their lives and their familiesThis is a gently told story It focused mostly on the details of daily life in a small community and the freedom the girls enjoyed as they were growing up but also the need for them to leave one day if they wanted to marry and have families It was easy to The Book of Beginnings relate to Kate who as the narrator told us of her feelings and her yearnings to experience the wider world Harriet felt distant and a little spoiled especially after visiting Melbourne to look for a suitor

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Kate and Harriet are best friends growing up together on an isolated Australian cape in the 1880s As daughters of the lighthouse keepers the two girls share everything until a fisherman McPhail arrives in their small community When Kate witnesses the desire t. is a book that takes an atmospheric and introspective look at the powerful friendship that forms between two young girls while they come of age on an isolated lighthouse community in the 1880 s This powerful Australian literary fiction tale is informed significantly on historical factAt the centre of this debut historical fiction novel is Kate the daughter of a lighthouse keeper Kate shares her life with Harriet the daughter of the other lighthouse keeper Together the best friends endure the loneliness of life near the cape Everything changes for the two young girls when a fisherman named McPhail arrives in their small seaside community When a sense of desire and longing begins to flare for Harriet and McPhail Kate feels left behind This follows a tragic event in the small hut belonging to McPhail The event changes the lives of Kate Harriet and McPhail forever Skylarking is a devastating novel that captures the feelings of love friendship and loss of a young girl in her primeI recently read Salt Creek another moving Australian historical fiction novel written by Lucy Treloar The front cover uote that adorns Skylarking states A brave beautiful and richly textured book that delicately explores the fault lines in love and friendship This uote from acclaimed author Lucy Treloar is completely substantiated Skylarking is an exuisite debut novel that offers one the most powerful examinations into love and friendship I have read for some timeOften the best historical fiction novels are those that are drawn from figures that existed in our past or based events that occurred in times gone by Skylarking is a novel that was inspired by the author s trip to a camping ground where by chance she came across an old grave belonging to Harriet Parker Harriet lived near the lighthouse in the late 1800 s Kate Mildenhall a first time novelist takes this real life figure time period and location and presents the reader with a reconstruction of the events she believes played out between Kate and Harriet The result is an exceptional novel that resonated with meReaders should be impressed by the skill of the prose presented in this novel For a first time author Mildenhall displays great poise Mildenhall s prose is assured and graceful I relished the reading experience I was offered through Skylarking The passages that struck a chord the most for me were the passionately expressed descriptions of the natural surrounding landscape of the isolated cape region in which Kate and Harriet live Eually colourful are the descriptions that give us a glimpse into the way of life on an isolated cape location These include treacherous weather conditions freuent shipwrecks and a lack of opportunity especially for women residing at the capeSkylarking is narrated by Kate Gilbert one of the main protagonists of the novel Kate is an expertly drawn character Mildenhall captures Kate s wide eyed innocence her awakening as a burgeoning young woman her passion and her aspirations to have a life away from the lighthouse Harriet is presented in eual measure character wise by Mildenhall Harriet is a less headstrong than Kate but when the mysterious McPhail enters the girl s lives Harriet s heart is opened to love hard and fast The intensity of these adolescent emotions eventually wreck havoc between the two girls and McPhail the fallout resulting in a tragic love triangle McPhail is a significant character in Skylarking and is rendered with a deft hand Mildenhall builds a strong picture of this stranger and fisherman who unwittingly becomes embroiled in the lives of the two young girls from the capeMildenhall handles the fateful event that occurs with a thoughtful and reflective tone I didn t see the catastrophic event on the horizon at all and the sense of shock it brought to me was unexpected It took some time for me to get my head around what just occurred the finality and the sadness of it all But at the same time the misunderstandings that arose could have prevented this tragic turn of events Skylarking is a book that I needed to take a pensive look at once I brought myself to finish the novel This is an indication of the strength of this novelSkylarking is a refined novel and an outstanding addition to the crop of Australian historical fiction novels that have been released in recent times Mildenhall s approach to conceptualising what happened to a real life figure Harriet Parker in the 1800 s at the lighthouse community is to be applauded Skylarking is a stirring title that deserves high acclaim

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That uestions what it is to remember and how tempting it can be to forget‘Kate Mildenhall’s impressive debut novel takes an historical case and re imagines it with such sensitivity and insight that we feel this must be how it truly happened’ Emily Bit. This first novel is inspired by the true story of two friends Kate Gibson and Harriet Parker They were the daughters of lighthouse keepers who grew up together in a small isolated community on the coast of Australia s Jervis Bay Territory late in the 19th centuryCertain facts are public record the story that underpins those facts is imaginedI love that this is a story of female friendship very firmly rooted in a particular time and a place that the author had taken time and trouble to understand And that it was told in one voice a voice that always rang true and that told the story from start to finish with no shifts in time and no digressionsThe younger of the two girls Kate tells her storyHer world is a small one and she only really knows the families of the other men who work at the lighthouse with her father There are a few fishermen who have settled nearby and just about make a living and there are native people who live a little further away but there is nobody else That makes the friendship between the two girls particularly preciousKate is bright bookish brave and loves to explore the world around her while she waits to grow up and have the kind of adventures and see the kind of places that she has only read about in books She is eager to explore every bit of the world open to her cliffs beaches grasslands but her friend lacks her natural agility and confidence and so she struggles to keep up and occasionally get into difficulties Harriet is calm uiet and much cautious and she dreams not of adventure but of a husband a home and a family of her own Even though the peppery scent of the scrub on that headland ran through my blood I knew that there must be other places that would thrill me And while I hoped that Harriet would be by my side as I ventured off into the great unknown I knew this was unlikely Where I had dreams of boats and pirates and coral island adventures Harriet saw a future of home and hearth The details of their world and their lives are uite beautifully drawn it is clear that that the author has researched and that she has understood and she has woven what she learned into the story she in a way that feels completely natural and right I had a lovely time watching the way the small community worked and all of the domestic details but for me it was when Kate was exploring her world that the story really sangI could pick up the sea saltiness in the air I could feel the breeze I could see grass and flowers give way to cliffs and the beach below I knew exactly how it felt to move through the world that Kate knew so wellAlthough I am on a different coast on the other side of the world it felt so like home and it brought this painting to mind Amanda Hoskin View of St Michael s Mount from the Fields A newcomer would unsettle the friendship between the two girls He was a young fisherman who came closer to the community around the lighthouse then others did Each girls is drawn to him but he responds to them and treats them uite differently Kate is jealous and Harriet is reluctant to talkThen her family sends Harriet to visit relations in Melbourne because they want her to meet people and see other possibilities before she makes any decisions about her future Kate is thrown into the company of the local boys and younger children and she misjudges situations and makes mistakesHer behaviour is far from laudable but I recognised her emotions and I understood her actionsTension grew and my head was full of uestions about what was happening what would happenThere were maybe too many uestions but that was at least in part because the facts that this story is spun around are difficult to explainI have to say that is a weakness but I also have to say that all the things she did well in the book the way she drew me into a world a community and a story tell me that Kate Mildenhall will write something uite wonderful when she finds the right story to tellI was captivated by this book and so I m hoping that one isn t too far away

  • Paperback
  • 280
  • Skylarking
  • Kate Mildenhall
  • English
  • 06 November 2017
  • 9781863958301

About the Author: Kate Mildenhall

Kate Mildenhall is a writer and teacher who lives on the outskirts of Melbourne with her young family She has taught in schools at RMIT University and State Library Victoria and volunteered with Teachers Across Borders in Cambodia Her debut novel SKYLARKING was published in Australia by Black Inc in 2016 and in the UK by Legend Press in 2017 Skylarking was longlisted for the Voss Literary



10 thoughts on “Skylarking

  1. says:

    35 Absolutely beautiful setting described wonderfully An isolated Cape in Australia a lighthouse keeper his family and a few others that live on the Cape and two girls with a friendship they hope will last forever Days fille

  2. says:

    This was a beautiful book to read the story of two young girls growing up in a very small community in Australia their lives their friendships and their lovesThe story is based on a true event a tragedy which occurred in 1887 at Cape St George The author has used many of the real names of the characters who were actually involved and then has spun a web of her own design to imagine how and why the event occurred She does

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    is a book t

  4. says:

    What a joy and relief these days to read a novel that is simply told There is no jumping around in time and no changing points of view but just a novel of two girls growing up and their friendship It also accurately portrays the jealousy and feelings that raise their heads when one starts to grow up and have different experiences

  5. says:

    Kate and Harriet had been best friends all their lives – Kate’s father was the head lighthouse keeper and Harriet’s fa

  6. says:

    In this debut novel Kate Mildenhall re imagines what could have happened to cause a tragic event that occurred in a small coastal community in the 1880s As the only girls in their mid teens Kate and Harriet are close friends in the isolated community around the lighthouse where Kate's father is the keeper However as they grow older and a handsome fisherman arrives in the community they compete for his attention and jealousy starts to creep

  7. says:

    This first novel is inspired by the true story of two friends Kate Gibson and Harriet Parker They were the daughters of lighthouse keepers who grew up together in a small isolated community on the coast of Australia's Jervis Bay Territory late in the 19th centuryCertain facts are public record; the story that underpins those fact

  8. says:

    35★“ Skylarking is a work of fiction based on the true story of Harriet Parker her best friend Kate Gibson the hut of Donald McPh

  9. says:

    Set in a tiny lighthouse community in the Jervis Bay area towards the end of the 19th century this is the story of best friends Kate and Harriet Kate is the younger by a couple of years; smart bookish uite wilful and supremely confident in the physical environment where her father is the head lighthouse keeper In many ways Harriet the blond beautiful only child seems less mature But this probably helps to mak

  10. says:

    wwwonewomansbbrwordpresscomwwwfacebookcomonewomansbbrSkylarking by Kate Mildenhall 2016 As daughters of lighthouse keepers Kate and Harriet ar

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