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Stephanie Parkyn - Josephine's Garden

Join Stephanie Parkyn as she discusses her new novel 'Josephine's Garden', a captivating story of love, nature and identity in Napoleon's France. Stephanie is joined in-conversation by author Lauren Chater.
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Stephanie Parkyn - Josephine's Garden

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15 Feb 2020, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

About The Event

Author Stephanie Parkyn discusses her new novel Josephine's Garden, a captivating story of love, nature and identity in Napoleon's France. 

Stephanie is joined in-conversation by author Lauren Chater.  

This is a FREE event. Drinks and nibbles provided.  

About the Book

Josephine's Garden is a captivating story of love, nature and identity in Napoleon's France. 

France, 1794. In the aftermath of the bloody end to the French Revolution, Rose de Beauharnais stumbles from prison on the day she is to be guillotined. Within a decade, she'll transform into the scandalous socialite who marries Napoleon Bonaparte, become Empress Josephine of France and build a garden of wonders with plants and animals she gathers from across the globe. 

But she must give Bonaparte an heir or she risks losing everything. 

Two other women from very different spheres are tied to the fate of the Empress Josephine - Marthe Desfriches and Anne Serreaux. Their lives are put at risk as they each face confronting obstacles in their relationships and in their desire to become mothers. 

From the author of Into the World comes a richly imagined historical novel about obsession, courage, love and marriage. 

Praise for Stephanie Parkyn

'Enthralling novel, rich in historical detail … Highly recommended.' -Good Reading on Into the World. 

About the Author

Stephanie Parkyn's first novel, Into the World, was published to wide acclaim in 2017. Stephanie always wanted to write fiction, growing up in a book-loving family in Christchurch, New Zealand. She had a rewarding career as an environmental scientist, but is now living her dream of writing stories and travelling to find them. She is fascinated by the human motivations behind the events of history and is particularly drawn to illuminating women's stories. 

After enjoying ten years living and exploring in Australia, she now writes from her home in a bush-clad valley in Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand. Josephine's Garden is her second novel. 

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