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Harper Collins
29 January 2019
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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
By:   Luke Slattery
Imprint:   Harper Collins
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 212mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   280g
ISBN:   9781460757673
ISBN 10:   146075767X
Publication Date:   29 January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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