CANCELLED Lauren Chater - Gulliver's Wife
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About The Event
Birth. Death. Wonder.
This is Lauren Chater's superb Gulliver's Wife, the story of one woman’s journey to the edge of love and loyalty from the bestselling author of The Lace Weaver. Join us for the launch of this exquisitely imagined work of fiction.
Lauren is in-conversation with Meredith Jaffé.
This is a FREE event. Drinks and nibbles provided.
About the Book
Birth. Death. Wonder … One woman’s journey to the edge of love and loyalty from the bestselling author of The Lace Weaver
London, 1702. When her husband is lost at sea, Mary Burton Gulliver, midwife and herbalist, is forced to rebuild her life without him. But three years later when Lemuel Gulliver is brought home, fevered and communicating only in riddles, her ordered world is turned upside down.
In a climate of desperate poverty and violence, Mary is caught in a crossfire of suspicion and fear driven by her husband’s outlandish claims, and it is up to her to navigate a passage to safety for herself and her daughter, and the vulnerable women in her care.
When a fellow sailor, a dangerous man with nothing to lose, appears to hold sway over her husband, Mary’s world descends deeper into chaos, and she must set out on her own journey to discover the truth of Gulliver’s travels . . . and the landscape of her own heart.
‘Gulliver’s Wife is utterly spellbinding. Lauren Chater is a master of story-weaving and exquisite detail. I adored this book.’ - Melissa Ashley, author of The Birdman’s Wife.
‘Lauren Chater’s Mary Gulliver is an extraordinary character – a performer of everyday miracles, a woman of quiet strength and compassion in a world where nothing can be relied on, least of all her flamboyant fantasist of a husband. Set in a fictional past, this superbly written story of love, loss, motherhood, and letting go is highly relevant to the issues we face today. Do not miss it.’ - Meg Keneally, author of Fled.
'Chater’s Gulliver’s Wife is a richly imagined tale that unravels the love between a mother and her daughter: it is a book of fears and secrets, of dark battles, of fraught but tender reconciliations, and of sweet epiphanies. Vivid storytelling from an exceptional writer.' Catherine McKinnon, author of Storyland.
About Lauren Chater
Lauren Chater is the author of the bestselling historical novel The Lace Weaver and the baking compendium Well Read Cookies: Beautiful biscuits inspired by great literature. She is currently working on her third novel, The Winter Dress, inspired by a real 17th century gown found off the Dutch coast in 2014.
In her spare time, she loves baking and listening to her children tell their own stories. She lives in Sydney.
About Meredith Jaffé
Meredith Jaffé is the author of two adult works of fiction, The Fence (2016) and The Making of Christina (2017). The first book in her new children's series, Horse Warrior was published in 2019. She is the Festival Director for StoryFest held on the NSW South Coast and regularly facilitates at other writers’ festivals, literary lunches and author events. In a previous life, she wrote the weekly literary column for the online women’s magazine The Hoopla.
Her reviews, author interviews, feature articles and opinion pieces have appeared in The Hoopla, Australian Author, the Guardian Australia, The Huffington Post and Mamamia.
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