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  • “There have been countless books on the migrant experience but few recall this rite of passage with such wit and daring.” —Sunday Herald Sun

    “Matilde is a wilful and likeable heroine... Verdict: Involving read. You’ll enjoy waltzing this Matilde.” —Sunday Telegraph

    “Matilde’s isolation in her widowhood is heart-wrenching; the moments of joy are good enough to sing about – or waltz?” —Bulletin, with Newsweek

    “Valmorbida writes with energy and challenges the conventionality of what language can achieve... engaging, often funny, sometimes poignant.”
    —Canberra Times

    Elise Valmorbida’s first book Matilde Waltzing was published by Allen & Unwin in Australia and New Zealand. Nominated for two national literary awards, the novel received a tremendous critical response with interviews on radio and cable TV, and reviews in over 30 publications. 

    © 2017 Elise Valmorbida