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#19 The World Beneath – Cate Kennedy

22 Mar
The World Beneath - Cate Kennedy

The World Beneath – Cate Kennedy

Goodreads rating: 3.45/5 (250+ ratings)

My rating: 7/10

First Published: August 2010

Genre: Modern Fiction, Australiana

The first thing that I noticed in this book, and loved, was how it depicted a pretty regular broken family. Sandy and Rich were activists in the  80’s at the Franklin River blockade in Tasmania, and are both stuck in nostalgia of the time. They later went on to have a daughter, Sophie, who is now 15. Sophie is a feisty, strong-willed, slightly ’emo’ teenager, who is very obsessed with her weight. . Rich left the family before Sophie was 1, and has been practically estranged since then, aside from the occasional postcard from his travels as a photographer, or a birthday call to his daughter.

Rich comes back into Sophie & Sandy’s lives when he asks Sophie to come on a trek at Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, Australia. Sophie jumps at the chance to get to know her dad, and also to get away from her slightly nutty, occasional pot-smoking, jewellery stall hosting mother who is currently driving her insane. While on the trek, Sandy goes to a ‘Goddess’ retreat to try to sort her mind out and figure out who she is and what she wants from life.

I love the first 75% of this book. The depiction of family life was interesting and believable, and the description of the Tasmanian landscape was wonderful. I particularly enjoyed that as I’ve done a trek down the Freycinet Peninsula on the East Coast of Tasmania with my dad! However thankfully I have a much better relationship with my dad, and didn’t have nearly as much drama on our walk!

However, the last quarter of the book irked me a bit. It felt like Kennedy took a lot of time with the majority of the story, and then rushed a whole lot of drama into a small amount of time – anorexia, injury, getting lost in the forest, possibly sighting of an extinct animal, and a frantic mother. I think, at 352 pages should have been expanded and explained more thoroughly.

Overall I enjoyed this story quite a bit, and would definitely recommend it.

Bits & pieces

  • The World Beneath was Cate Kennedy’s first novel. She is an acclaimed short story author.
  • Winner of the People’s Choice Award for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2010, as well as being shortlisted for multiple other awards



Teaser Tuesday

12 Mar

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Book: I’m STILL reading The World Beneath by Cate Kennedy. I have been so busy at work i’ve hardly had a chance to read. I’m now up to page 194, and my teaser is from page 295.

As if flowers, she thought wonderingly, could hold so much power over human emotions, as if they contained the essence of all our frailties. As if we could be rescued.

The World Beneath - Cate Kennedy

The World Beneath – Cate Kennedy



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