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Description - The Birdman's Wife by Melissa Ashley

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781925344998
ISBN-10: 1925344991
Format: Hardback
Pages: 400
Imprint: Affirm Press
Publisher: Affirm Press
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2017
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Melissa Ashley

Melissa Ashley is a Brisbane-based 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. What started out as research for a PhD dissertation on Elizabeth Gould became a labour of love and her first novel, THE BIRDMAN'S WIFE. Melissa even followed in her heroine's footsteps by learning taxidermy as a volunteer at the Queensland Museum. She's also a passionate amateur 'birder'.

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