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The Shape of Water
Author: Anne Blythe-Cooper

ISBN: 9780995367388
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1 October 2016
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3
Her husband was controversial. He was in the press, in the courts and in prison.

Her husband was charismatic, voluble and irrepressible. He survived shipwreck, ruin and slander.

Her husband was an entrepreneur, industrialist and pioneer. We continue to drink his beer; we still attend his theatre. His legacy is concrete. His place in history is secure.

But this is not his story.

Sophia Degraves survives only as a silent register of birth and death. Nothing is known of her beyond the children she bore and the death she died. This catalogue says nothing of the privations and aspirations of an invisible colonial woman who built in flesh and blood what the men around her built with water and stone.

This is her story, written by imagining what was real.


Runner up in the Erica Bell Foundation Literature Award 2015, this book focuses on the life of Sophia Degraves, wife of Peter Degraves, the founder of Cascade Brewery and one of Tasmania's most prominent early entrepreneurs.


"A work of historical fiction in the truest sense....

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