Interview

Q&A with Melissa Ashley on her novel ‘The Bee and the Orange Tree’

https://writersvictoria.org.au/writing-life/featured-writers/qa-melissa-ashley-on-her-novel-the-bee-and-the-orange-tree By: Melissa Ashley interviewed by Tara Mitchell TM: Your second novel, ‘The Bee and the Orange Tree’, tells the tale of Marie Catherine and her battle for French women’s’ equality in 1699. How did you come across Marie Catherine and what inspired you to tell her story? MA: I discovered Marie Catherine while researching another project,… Continue reading Q&A with Melissa Ashley on her novel ‘The Bee and the Orange Tree’

Essay

Book Review: The Bee and the Orange Tree by Melissa Ashley

OCTOBER 30, 2019 / THERESA SMITH WRITES The Bee and the Orange Tree… About the Book: It’s 1699, and the salons of Paris are bursting with the creative energy of fierce, independent-minded women. But outside those doors, the patriarchal forces of Louis XIV and the Catholic Church are moving to curb their freedoms. In this battle for… Continue reading Book Review: The Bee and the Orange Tree by Melissa Ashley

Essay

Cass Moriarty reviews The Bee and the Orange Tree

Author Melissa Ashley came to prominence when her debut novel, The Birdman’s Wife, expertly re-imagined the life of Elizabeth Gould. Following this theme of uncovering the lives of fascinating but largely forgotten women from history, her second novel The Bee and the Orange Tree (Affirm Press 2019) is an engaging and previously untold story about Frenchwoman Baroness Marie… Continue reading Cass Moriarty reviews The Bee and the Orange Tree