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The Birdman's Wife - Melissa Ashley

Paperback Published: 29th January 2019
ISBN: 9781925870077
Number Of Pages: 276

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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.

About the Author

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'.

ISBN: 9781925870077
ISBN-10: 1925870073
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 29th January 2019
Publisher: Affirm Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1

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