Book Club 'The Birdman's Wife'

Starting on 24 July 2018 11:30:00
 
 
We will meet on Tuesday 24 July to discuss 'The Birdman's Wife' by Melissa Ashley. Do join us afterwards for lunch. 
 

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 naïve 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.

 

 
Event details
Date: Tuesday 24 July
Time: 11.30am-1pm
Venue: Shell Cove Room  
Cost: Members and their guests $7 pp, includes coffee, tea and biscuits.  
 
 
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