The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt by Tracy Farr

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Tracy Farr’s acclaimed debut novel is the fictional memoir of Dame Lena Gaunt: musician, octogenarian, junkie.


From a solitary childhood in Malacca and a Perth boarding school to a glittering career in Jazz-age Sydney and a defining relationship with bohemian artist Beatrix Carmichael, Lena’s is a life shaped by the pull of the sea, the ebb and flow of passion and loss, and that extraordinary instrument, the theremin.


Tracy Farr is an Australian-born, New Zealand-based writer and former research scientist. The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt was longlisted for Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award.



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Tracy Farr: Australian-born author Tracy Farr has lived in Wellington, New Zealand since 1996. Her debut novel The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt was longlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award, and shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards and Barbara Jefferis Award.
Published January 9, 2016 by Aardvark Bureau. 304 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction