Genre: Historical Fiction Many of us know something of English ornithologist, John Gould (1804–81), most famous for his collaboration with Charles Darwin and his pioneering study of Australian bird… Source: Review: The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley
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I drifted towards the back of the workshop, my attention caught by a menagerie of shorebirds – a godwit, several sandpipers, curlews, dotterels, herons and varities of plover. For a heart-stopping moment the display tricked my eyes. It seemed the birds had flown into the room via a secret passage and, like children, settled before… Continue reading Compulsive Reader: Review of The Birdman’s Wife by Sue Bond
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While most people were placing bets for the Melbourne Cup, I had great fun this afternoon talking about The Birdman’s Wife and the incredible life and artistry of Elizabeth Gould. Click on the link below to listen to the podcast. Thanks ABC 666 and Louise Maher and her great team.