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REVIEW: Melissa Ashley’s ‘The Birdman’s Wife’

What AusRom Today thought: Detail rich, and perhaps rather heavy at times, The Birdman’s Wife is overall a rather compelling read which highlighted the historical tendency for women to be relegated to stand behind their husbands regardless of how much they contributed to his fame. Throughout the novel it is clear that Melissa Ashley’s research is… Continue reading REVIEW: Melissa Ashley’s ‘The Birdman’s Wife’

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Isobel Blackthorn review: The Birdman’s Wife

What a delight it is to read stories of historical figures passed over by history probably because they were women. An even greater delight when they are told well, as is very much the case with Melissa Ashley’s The Birdman’s Wife. Elizabeth Gould was indeed a remarkable woman. “Inspired by a letter found tucked inside her… Continue reading Isobel Blackthorn review: The Birdman’s Wife

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The Birdman’s Wife – Book Review by Kali Napier

The spoiler alert in this book review is that it is based on a real-life woman: Elizabeth Gould, the wife of an eminent ornithologist / taxidermist, John Gould. If you look up John Gould, you’ll find his Wikipedia entry, which says, “A bird artist”, describing his monographs as “illustrated by plates that he produced with… Continue reading The Birdman’s Wife – Book Review by Kali Napier

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The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley

Inspired by a letter found tucked inside her famous husband’s papers, The Birdman’s Wife imagines the fascinating inner life of Elizabeth Gould, who was so much more than just 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 and helpmate… Continue reading The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley

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Book Review: Melissa Ashley, The Birdman’s Wife (spoilers)

Paper, Ink and Glue. Note: I got this book as a netgalley advance copy and I’m exceedingly grateful for that. Some of the books I get as advanced reading copies are nice. Some I can’t bear to finish. Some, I can’t put down and I want to shout about them from the rooftops. The Birdman’s… Continue reading Book Review: Melissa Ashley, The Birdman’s Wife (spoilers)

Articles

Flight of Fancy

Melissa Ashley’s imaginative historical novel repositions Elizabeth Gould as the artistic talent behind her much more famous husband, John Phil Brown “Books” QWeekend, 1 October, 2016 John Gould is revered as the nation’s father of ornithology and his seven-volume book The Birds of Australia (1840-1848), with its gorgeous illustrations, is considered an almost sacred text. But… Continue reading Flight of Fancy

Essay

Australian bird artist Frank T. Morris paints Elizabeth Gould

Thanks to Phil Brown’s fantastic article about The Birdman’s Wife and Elizabeth and John Gould in last weekend’s QWeekend, I was contacted by renowned Australian bird artist, Frank T Morris. I was excited to learn that he completely agreed with me that John Gould had taken some (most?) of the limelight from Elizabeth Gould –… Continue reading Australian bird artist Frank T. Morris paints Elizabeth Gould

Interview

Good Reading Magazine interviews Melissa Ashley: Meet the woman responsible for John Gould’s Fame

Good Reading Magazine Elizabeth Gould’s artistry and technical skill as an illustrator breathed life into hundreds of newly discovered species, and was crucial modern ornithology and classification. She illustrated the species of finches that gave rise to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and produced hundreds of the lithographs of birds that made her husband, John,… Continue reading Good Reading Magazine interviews Melissa Ashley: Meet the woman responsible for John Gould’s Fame