The Idea of Perfection

Picador Classic

3.61 based on 2071 ratings & 191 reviews on

Publication date: 19.10.2017
ISBN: 9781509823420
Number of pages: 0


With an introduction by Evie Wyld

The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville is a funny and touching romance between two people who've given up on love. Set in the eccentric little backwater of Karakarook, New South Wales, pop. 1374, it tells the story of Douglas Cheeseman, a gawky engineer with jug-handle ears, and Harley Savage, a woman altogether too big and too abrupt for comfort.

Harley is in Karakarook to foster 'Heritage', and Douglas is there to pull down the quaint old Bent Bridge. From day one, they're on a collision course. But out of this unpromising conjunction of opposites, something unexpected happens: sometimes even better than perfection.

In the media

This is an arresting and penetrating read . . . an honest and compelling celebration of imperfection
A very fine, albeit terrifying, writer . . . another assured and intelligent performance . . . very funny, skillfully written but also very moving . . . brilliant comic set pieces
Irish Times
A writer of extraordinary talent
New York Times Book Review