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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

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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

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The Bee and the Orange Tree

The Bee and the Orange Tree (Affirm Press, 2019) Buy Here Watch the book trailer 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… Continue reading The Bee and the Orange Tree

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Monday musings on Australian literature: ABDA 2017 Shortlist

Originally posted on Whispering Gums:
Five years ago, I wrote a Monday Musings on book design, in which I featured three book designers. I’ve mentioned book design occasionally since then but, having just seen the shortlist for this year’s ABDA (Australian Book Design Awards) which are sponsored by the ABDA (the Australian Book Designers Association),…

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5 Lessons from Melissa Ashley to Boost Your Historical Research

Originally posted on Amber Seah:
Melissa Ashley Author of The Birdman’s Wife A week ago I had the privilege to talk with Melissa Ashley over the phone and pepper her with questions about how she researched The Birdman’s Wife, about Elizabeth Gould and about her current work in progress based on the life of Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy, a…

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The Birdman’s Wife, shortlisted for the Australian Book Design Awards 2017

I’m excited that my debut novel The Birdman’s Wife has been shortlisted in the literary fiction category for the Australian Book Designer Association’s 2017 book awards. I was privileged to work with Christa Moffitt of Christabella Designs, Fiona Henderson and Affirm Press on the cover, case, endpapers and page designs for The Birdman’s Wife. I… Continue reading The Birdman’s Wife, shortlisted for the Australian Book Design Awards 2017

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The Birdman’s Wife long-listed in the General Fiction Category, Australian Book Industry Awards 2017

I am delighted to announce the news that on March 16, 2017, The Birdman’s Wife was long-listed for the Australian Book Industry Awards under the General Fiction Category. “For 17 years, the ABIAs have been celebrating Australian stories and the astounding talent in the Australian publishing industry. The shortlist will be revealed on April 9,… Continue reading The Birdman’s Wife long-listed in the General Fiction Category, Australian Book Industry Awards 2017