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Audiobooks return the pleasures of reading to the print and visually impaired

Not long after I sold the rights for The Birdman’s Wife to Affirm Press, I was delighted to be offered a publishing contract from Wavesound, a new audiobook imprint dedicated to making Australian titles available in alternative formats to print. Wavesound is an imprint of Audible, the world’s largest publisher of audiobooks. All of Wavesound’s audiobooks are recorded locally… Continue reading Audiobooks return the pleasures of reading to the print and visually impaired

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Book Review – ‘The Birdman’s Wife’

Published on October 13, 2016 written by Heather Title: The Birdman’s Wife Author: Melissa Ashley Genre: Fiction (historical) Release Date: 1st October, 2016 Rating: ★★★★★ “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.… Continue reading Book Review – ‘The Birdman’s Wife’

Interview

Taking Five with Melissa Ashley

Melissa Ashley’s meticulous attention to detail is on show in her first novel, The Birdman’s Wife, which explores the life and relationships of artist Elizabeth Gould. AWM intern TJ Wilkshire spent some time with Melissa to discuss birds, art, poetry, and secret women’s history. Photo credit: Vicki Lambert Your debut novel tells the story of… Continue reading Taking Five with Melissa Ashley

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The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley: Elizabeth Gould’s forgotten talent

Caroline Baum Spectrum October 14, 2016 The birds came first. Melissa Ashley was a twitcher before she decided to write The Birdman’s Wife, a historical novel that brings Elizabeth Gould out of the shadow of her husband John, Australia’s most celebrated ornithologist. A New Zealander, Ashley, 43, came to Australia aged eight with her parents… Continue reading The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley: Elizabeth Gould’s forgotten talent

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Launch, The Birdman’s Wife, Avid Reader, 13 October, 2016

Thank you to everyone who came along to the launch of The Birdman’s Wife at Avid Reader. It was a wonderful evening with much love in the room. I had the time of my life! I’ve posted the beautiful speech Inga Simpson wrote to launch The Birdman’s Wife into the world. Launch speech for Melissa… Continue reading Launch, The Birdman’s Wife, Avid Reader, 13 October, 2016

Review

Review: The Birdman’s Wife by Cass Moriarty

The Birdman’s Wife is the debut novel of Melissa Ashley, published by Affirm Press. It has arrived on the literary scene accompanied by a good deal of promotion and publicity – and for good reason. The Birdman’s Wife is a fascinating historical study, a meticulous and well-documented scientific report, an emotional story, and an engaging… Continue reading Review: The Birdman’s Wife by Cass Moriarty

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The Birdman’s Wife featured on ibooks ‘Best Books of October’

 I’m thrilled, excited and a little stunned that The Birdman’s Wife has made the list of the Best Books of October on Apple’s ibooks feature. The Birdman’s Wife is available as an ebook and can be read on any device. Go ibooks! And thank you. Press on the link to go straight to the ibooks… Continue reading The Birdman’s Wife featured on ibooks ‘Best Books of October’

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A Volunteer Taxidermist: Presentation

I’m excited to be at the Queensland Museum today because it’s here that I discovered a treasure trove of incredible sources that helped me bring to life Elizabeth Gould, the heroine of my book, The Birdman’s Wife. Along with discovering the Museum’s archival materials, my association with the museum led to the opportunity to meet… Continue reading A Volunteer Taxidermist: Presentation

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Booktopia: Ten Terrifying Questions

The Birdman’s Wife is a little window into the discovery of Australia’s wonderful birds. The Booktopia Book Gurus asks Melissa Ashley Ten Terrifying Questions 1.    To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? I was born in New Zealand and at 7 years… Continue reading Booktopia: Ten Terrifying Questions

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Interview with Rebecca Levingston on Weekends, ABC 612

On Sunday, October 9, I was invited by ABC Radio’s Rebecca Levingston to speak on her program Brisbane Weekends. It was a little nerve-wracking, being my first live interview for radio. I had a wonderful support squad, Emma Rusher, Vikki Lambert, Sylvie Dionysius (my daughter) and the lovely Harriet and Camille (who took a few selfies… Continue reading Interview with Rebecca Levingston on Weekends, ABC 612