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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Waterlily is neither a documentary, a novel, nor a diary. It is something in between - the record of a year of one woman's life spent in the mountain country of New South Wales. This single years reaches into the past and stretches into the future. The narrator is sharing with the reader. She writes, "it is now clear to me it is all coming and going, and then being alone a ...more
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Published by Rainbow Publishing (first published January 1987)
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Rosemary Atwell
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-reads
Poet Kate Llewellyn’s twelve-month journal of gardening and writing in her Blue Mountains home has long been a favourite of mine, but I wanted to read it one more time before letting it go.

It seemed a little more self-indulgent and desperate this time around - In the past it felt more like one of those more old-fashioned ‘women’s books’ that were always a delight to read. But this time I saw behind the facade and really empathised with a writer’s life - her need to keep going, ‘putting things in
Feb 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin in reviewing this truly astoundingly beautiful book! I am in love with Kate Llwellyn's writing. If I could I would marry her writing. She captures the nuances of life with such poetic elegance that reading it is like eating your favorite dessert. I also love Leura, so since this is a story of her life in Leura, as you read it you feel you are there - you go with her on her bushwalks, to the cafes, you sit in front of the fire and share tea with her. Somehow she blends melencholy ...more
Anne Fenn
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first in the author’s garden books. Not my favourite, too much mooning around longing for Mr Waterlily. Only thing he was good for was weeding. Lots of garden planting, she’s taking off in her life of beloved gardens now.
Margaret Williams
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A long time favourite calling out for a re-read especially now that I'm living in the Blue Mountains!
Mousy Brown
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I loved this book but I can't quite decide why...
It's a funny ramble through a year in the authors life in a country I've never visited, talking about people I don't know (even though I did feel I'd walked in half way through a conversation on many occasions), describing gardening with plants I'll never be able to plant and talking about relationships and situations I have no connection with...and yet I devoured it in a few days and found it strangely relaxing and calming to read.
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this so much that I googled to find out more and learned it is not entirely a journal. It is sort of a novel. I felt flummoxed by that. I want it to be a journal, darn it. Still five stars. Have purchased three more of her books. Two out of three were quite pricey and I am sure they will be worth it. Seems they have not been published in the states.

I would love to hear what others think about whether it is a journal or a novel or both.
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Poignant, joyous and beautiful. I love that poet Kate Llewellyn would let one look into her life with such detail - the happy times, the truly personal times and the sad times. The descriptions of her love/hate relationship with her garden are truly captivating.
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Picked this up for 50 cents at an op shop in Sloalhaven Heads. Love these sort of discoveries, I hadn't heard of her before. It's amazing - gardening, food, poetry and family. Her writing is lyrical. Kate, the lead is trying to start a new life and end an on-off affair with Mr Waterlily. It's written as a journal, not sure how much is biographical?! Coincidentally the Fourth book in the series has just been published. Highly recommended
Meg Dunley
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, memoir
A beautiful poetic journal of Kate's first year in the Blue Mountains. I really enjoyed her prosaic writing about the garden and her writing. It was very fresh and honest, and interlaced with poetry. I am looking forward to reading the next one, 'Dear You'.
Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
this is another favourite of mine. brilliant writing. loved it so much i visited her home town.
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book to me. Probably as it is set in Leura. I now discover it is the first of a trilogy, the others being Dear You and The Mountain. I will certainly seek these out.
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Kate Llewellyn is the author of nineteen books, including the bestselling The Waterlily: A Blue Mountains Journal and Playing With Water: A Story of a Garden. A distinguished Australian poet, she has published six books of poetry and is the co-editor of The Penguin Book of Australian Women Poets. Her travel books include Lilies, Feathers & Frangipani on the Cook Islands and New Zealand; Angels and ...more

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