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Melissa Ashley
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The Birdman's Wife

Melissa Ashley


9781925870077

Affirm Press


Fiction & Literature;
Historical fiction


Paperback

276 pages

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A woman overshadowed by history steps back into the light . . .

Artist Elizabeth Gould spent her life capturing the sublime beauty of birds the world had never seen before, but her legacy was eclipsed by the fame of her husband, John Gould. Now, The Birdman's Wife at last gives voice to a passionate and adventurous spirit, who was so much more than the woman behind the man.

In England's golden age of discovery, as John Gould and his peers fuelled popular imagination with their scientific findings, Elizabeth deftly navigated a world that few women were permitted to enter. Juggling an artistic life with her roles as wife, lover, helpmate and mother, she breathed wondrous life into hundreds of exotic new species. A woman ahead of her time, she continually defied convention, eventually embarking on a trailblazing expedition to collect and illustrate Australia's 'curious' birdlife.

THE BIRDMAN'S WIFE is a multi-award winning novel, and an indelible portrait of an incredible woman.

By:   Melissa Ashley
Imprint:   Affirm Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   370g
ISBN:   9781925870077
ISBN 10:   1925870073
Pages:   276
Publication Date:   February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Melissa Ashley is a writer, poet and academic who tutors in poetry and creative writing at the University of Queensland. She has published a collection of poems, The Hospital for Dolls, articles, essays and short stories. The Birdman's Wife is her first novel. As part of her research to write her PhD dissertation on Elizabeth Gould, Melissa became a taxidermy volunteer at the Queensland Museum. She's also a passionate amateur 'twitcher'.

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