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The Lace Tablecloth

Anastasia Gessa-Liveriadis

They came in their tens of thousands and stayed to make Australia their own. What did the leave behind? What did they face? The author vividly describes a sensitive young Greek girl’s life with all the usual insecurities and confusion exacerbated by the German occupation of Greece and the civil war. The bleak conditions she confronts with her eventual migration (under bizarre circumstances) to Australia further aggravate the state of affairs. The Lace Tablecloth is a hymn to the freedom that can come about by dissociating ourselves from much of what we are taught as children, from reappraising our concept of reality, and from making certain life choices. It is also a tribute to the indomitable human spirit which can overcome unimaginable difficulties to enable one to grow, become productive, and embrace life with love and enthusiasm.

ISBN: 1-921829-38-9

Available from: and eBook 

SKU: L01 Categories: ,


This is a well-inspired and pleasingly narrated novel unfolded in 17 Chapters; most of the set narrating stages are being build up in the war and tragedy-stricken Greece (ten chapters), two aboard Italian steamship Aurelia and five in Australia. The main narration of the novel, 15 Chapters, is being unfolded within a time of approximately 14 years (1940-1952). The author uses two main narrative approaches, one via the mind and conscience/sub-conscience of her protagonist, Tasia, and one direct as the compiling author.

Professor Dr. Anastasios M. Tamis
School of Arts and Science, The University of Notre Dame Australia