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The Birdman's Wife, Ashley,  Melissa
The Birdman's Wife
Melissa Ashley

Paperback $24.99 - Affirm Press
Fiction - Published: 27/Mar/2018 - ISBN: 9781925584387

With more than 14,500 copies sold on Bookscan, this award-winning Australian bestseller is now available as a stunning paperback at an unbeatable price. 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. 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.

Elizabeth was a woman ahead of her time, juggling the demands of her artistic life with her roles as wife, lover, helpmate, and mother to an ever-growing brood of children. In a golden age of discovery, her artistry breathed wondrous life into hundreds of exotic new species, including Charles Darwin's famous Galapagos finches.

In THE BIRDMAN'S WIFE, the naive young girl who falls in love with a demanding and ambitious genius comes into her own as a woman, an artist and a bold adventurer who defies convention by embarking on a trailblazing expedition to collect and illustrate Australia's 'curious' birdlife.

In this indelible portrait, an extraordinary woman overshadowed by history steps back into the light where she belongs. 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'. With more than 14,500 copies sold on Bookscan, this award-winning Australian bestseller is now available as a stunning paperback at an unbeatable price.

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