You don’t have to love birds to enjoy this book. It will open your eyes afresh to colonial Australia and the discovery of our wonderful fauna and flora and the fierce competition to be the first to bring these specimens back to London.

While set in the mid 1800s, this is a very contemporary tale of a woman endeavouring to juggle family while pursuing her passion for painting. Her exquisite artistry is undertaken while in the shadow of her famous husband, John Gould, author of many books on ornithology including The Birds of Australia.

Melissa Ashley’s beautiful writing and outstanding research will transport you to another world and to the life of this extraordinary woman.

~ Noelle