Dark Palace: The Companion Novel To Grand Days
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Dark Palace: The Companion Novel To Grand Days

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From one of Australia's greatest writers comes the tumultuous companion volume to the acclaimed, award-winning and bestselling triumph, GRAND DAYS.

Five years have passed since Edith Campbell Berry's triumphant arrival at the League of Nations in Geneva, determined to right the wrongs of the world. The idealism of those early grand days has been eroded by a sense foreboding...more
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Patrick Lenton
I love these books. I waited almost a year until I read Dark Palace because I wanted to savour the experience, and it was worth it. Is it a spoiler to say that this book tracks the gradual demise of the League of Nations? I don't think so, because that's history, yo. Edith is still awesome, Ambrose is back and I'm so happy because I love him. The rise of WW2 in this book is gripping and made the kind of paralysis and fear and boredom they felt make it feel utterly relatable. So so good.
Part of the reason I gave up on the dog book was because I had started this. Was a bit ambivalent about Edith at the end of the first book but delighted with her thus far. So pleased Moorhouse turned Robert into a sanctimonious prig - Go Edith.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Love the way the author can get into a feminine mind and skin, bit scary really. Also particularly enjoyed the history and, sometimes ridiculous, political correctness and protocol of the League of Nations. Imagination could n...more
I loved this book even more than the first one and I love Edith Alison Campbell Barry. I wouldn't want to work for her though or be her friend but I want to have her passion and confidence. I love the story of the League of Nations and I love the different perspective on the Second World War. I also really like the respect, understanding and kindness from within Ambrose and Edith's relationship. Even though it is an unusual relationship it is successful but what will happen long term? I've order...more
Rob Carseldine
Book 2 of the Edith Campbell Berry series, continues Edith's life at the Leauge of Nations in Geneva, the decline of her marraige to Robert and the renewal of her affair with Ambrose. This book seemed to me to loose its way in the middle or maybe I just lost interest. Either way I found parts of it dull. Nevertheless I recommend reading the series in sequence as the series as a whole is excellent.
Like his character Scraper, Moorhouse appears to be a mind reader. Edith Campbell Berry is constantly thinking things that I think. It's a pretty impressive feat from a male author. I guess he's been paying attention.
That said, I couldn't really get into this book. Each individual part was remarkable, but as a whole it was a bit flaccid. Maybe it would help to have read the 'companion novel' first.
Obviously a darker tone than the first one, hence the title, nevertheless a rich story which engages on a number if levels. I'm thoroughly enjoying my accidental reading journey 'between the wars' as the dramatic irony for the reader (about WWII) enhances the experience, inviting that sigh we get when we know tragedy is around the corner.
I loved this like I loved the first in the series. I love Edith and I'm so touched by her struggle to work out a new way of being a woman in that time of enormous change.
Kim Elith
Another fascinating installment in the life of Edith Berry - wonderful characterization and a great history lesson along the way
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