James Cowan reviews The Birdman’s Wife

Most of us have enjoyed ornithological art-works as objects of great beauty. They speak to us out of the rich world of birds, and imply their intricate lives as a part of the miracle of nature. Melissa Ashley has sought to bring this world to life in her first novel, itself an object of great… Continue reading James Cowan reviews The Birdman’s Wife


Reviews: The Birdman’s Wife

Australian Book Review: Anna McDonald Reviews The Birdman’s Wife by Anna Sydney Morning Herald Reviews: The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley and The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church by Dorothy Johnson Newtown Review of Books: Melissa Ashley: The Birdman’s Wife Reviewed by Tracy Sorensen Art Almanac Reviews The Birdman’s… Continue reading Reviews: The Birdman’s Wife


Interviews: The Birdman’s Wife

ABC Radio National: Melissa Ashley’s Story of Elizabeth Gould, The Birdman’s Wife by Kate Evans’s-wife/8017164 Australian Writers Marketplace: Taking Five with Melissa Ashley by Taylor Jayne Wilkshire Good Reading Magazine: Meet the Woman Responsible for John Gould’s Fame Booktopia: The Booktopian: Ten Terrifying Questions: The Birdman’s Wife is a Little Window into the Discovery… Continue reading Interviews: The Birdman’s Wife


Reading List Recommendations for The Birdman’s Wife: 2016-2017

Meredith Jaffe, Hoopla, Best Books of 2016 Australian Book Review 2016 Books of the Year Summer Holiday Reading by Susan Wyndham 11 January 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Reading Thrills from 2016 by Nadia L King, Author The Big Bookclub Here is Wendy’s top ten for the year – 1. The Secret… Continue reading Reading List Recommendations for The Birdman’s Wife: 2016-2017


When you gonna’ make up your mind?

My neighbours are on their veranda, clearing plates and talking, after sharing dinner with their extended family. My kids are staying with their grandparents, to give me 24 hours to myself before the Xmas crazy begins. Ariel, our cat, slinks about my legs as I sit outside, smoking and typing in the dark, listening to… Continue reading When you gonna’ make up your mind?


The Birdman’s Wife longlisting Indie Awards 2017: debut novel

The year 2016 has been the most topsy-turvy of my forty-three years. I will probably write a memoir about it in ten years’ time. So much going on personally that I am still digesting. Which is why the launch of my first novel, The Birdman’s Wife has brought me such joy. I’m humbled, honoured and… Continue reading The Birdman’s Wife longlisting Indie Awards 2017: debut novel


My Favourite Reads: 2016

Books that blew me away in 2016, in no particular order: Eileen by Otessa Mosfegh Being Grace by Antony Doer All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews Dying in the First Person by Nike Sulway Arcadia by Lauren Groff My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout Where the Trees Were by Inga Simpson The… Continue reading My Favourite Reads: 2016