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Audiobooks return the pleasures of reading to the print and visually impaired

Not long after I sold the rights for The Birdman’s Wife to Affirm Press, I was delighted to be offered a publishing contract from Wavesound, a new audiobook imprint dedicated to making Australian titles available in alternative formats to print. Wavesound is an imprint of Audible, the world’s largest publisher of audiobooks. All of Wavesound’s audiobooks are recorded locally… Continue reading Audiobooks return the pleasures of reading to the print and visually impaired

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The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley: Elizabeth Gould’s forgotten talent

Caroline Baum Spectrum October 14, 2016 The birds came first. Melissa Ashley was a twitcher before she decided to write The Birdman’s Wife, a historical novel that brings Elizabeth Gould out of the shadow of her husband John, Australia’s most celebrated ornithologist. A New Zealander, Ashley, 43, came to Australia aged eight with her parents… Continue reading The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley: Elizabeth Gould’s forgotten talent

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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