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ZOOM BOOKCLUB: Brenda Niall’s Friends and Rivals: Four Great Australian Writers: Barbara Baynton, Ethel Turner, Nettie Palmer, Henry Handel Richardson

July 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join respected biographer, Brenda Niall, in talking about four Australian women writing in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—a time when stories of bush heroism and mateship abounded, a time when a writing career might be an elusive thing for a woman.

Our bookclub is thrilled to have Brenda join our discussion. It is a rare opportunity to learn so much more about the work and research behind the biography and to meet an author who has spent a lifetime researching men and women who have shaped Melbourne and our wider world.

Friends and Rivals is a vivid and engaging account of the intersecting and entwined lives of Ethel Turner, author of the much loved Seven Little Australians, Barbara Baynton, who wrote of the harshness of bush life, Nettie Palmer, essayist and critic, and Henry Handel Richardson, of The Getting of Wisdom and The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney fame.

Brenda Niall illuminates a fascinating time in Australia’s literary history and brings to life the remarkable women who made it so.

Our bookclub has flourished through times of COVID and we’ve been thrilled to welcome the authors of the books chosen to join our discussions. We will be able to have a few people join us in real life, not just by Zoom, so if you hanker after a bit of company, a glass of wine and some cheese do join me at the RHSV and the others can Zoom in.

If you’d like to buy a copy of Friends and Rivals it is available in our bookshop: https://www.historyvictoria.org.au/product/friends-rivals-by-brenda-niall/


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Book Club: Brenda Niall
Time: Jul 14, 2020 17:30 Melbourne

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July 14
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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