From one of Australia's foremost journalists, Luke Slattery, comes a rich, intense novel of desire and dashed dreams, and one passionate, unforgettable woman - Elizabeth Macquarie.
Elizabeth Macquarie, widow of the disgraced former Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie, is in mourning - not only for her husband, but the loss of their shared dream to transform the penal colony into a bright new world. Over the course of one long sleepless night on the windswept isle of Mull, she remembers her life in that wild and strange country; a revolution of ideas as dramatic as any in history; and her dangerous alliance with the brilliant, mercurial Francis Greenway, the colony's maverick architect.
A stirring, provocative and thrilling novel of passion, ideas, reforming zeal and desire.
'A moving, intricate novel... Every love story has at its heart a vision of inherent human worth in the beloved; Slattery's achievement is to render - subtly and powerfully - both a human love story and a love story to the nation.' - Anna Funder, author of All That I Am
'A remarkable early 19th century heroine comes alive for us in this story: we share Mrs M.'s thoughts and feelings in almost uncanny fashion. Luke Slattery's debut sets new standards for the Australian historical novel.' - Nicolas Rothwell
'A richly evocative piece of historical fiction...beautifully written.' - Good Weekend