The Idea of Perfection

Picador Classic

3.62 based on 2120 ratings & 198 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

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

Synopsis

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

Being the only book voted for the Orange Prize shortlist by both the official judging panel, always an all-female affair, and a shadow panel of men sitting for the first time, was testament to The Idea of Perfection's universal appeal
Australian News
A funny and touching romance
Daily Express
Mined throughout with little pockets of danger and depth
Guardian