Podcast: Chocolate Cake and Mrs Macquarie with Luke Slattery

Podcast: Chocolate Cake and Mrs Macquarie with Luke Slattery

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There are worse things in life than sitting down for a good conversation and a slice of chocolate cake… In this podcast, Cheryl Akle sits down with Luke Slattery, a Sydney-based journalist and editor. He’s written four non-fiction books, but Cheryl and Luke are here to talk about his first work of fiction, Mrs M. Having previously written about the Macquaries, Luke was inspired by a voice in a dream he believed to be Elizabeth Macquarie, and what followed was a work of magical, surreal fiction, an exploration into the inner thoughts and life of Elizabeth Macquarie in the early nineteenth century.

Duration: 30 Mins

Image-1 (7)Podcast Guest: Luke Slattery

Luke Slattery is a Sydney-based journalist and editor. He has spent most of his career in newspapers writing about the world of ideas for a wide audience. He has served as higher education editor at The Australian, The Age and the Financial Review, and has been the recipient of the Higher Education Journalist of the Year Award, the European Union journalist award, and the Australia Council’s Keesing writing fellowship in Paris. His journalism and writing have been published in the main Australian metropolitan newspapers and internationally at the International Herald Tribune, the LA Times, the London Spectator, The Scotsman, and the US Chronicle of Higher Education; a number of his articles have been republished online at the Arts & Letters Daily web portal. Slattery is the author of Crisis in the Clever Country: Why Our Universities are Failing(with Geoffrey Maslen), Dating Aphrodite: Modern Adventures in the Ancient World, and Reclaiming Epicurus: Could an Ancient Philosophy of Happiness Save the World? He is a doctoral candidate at the University of Technology, Sydney. The First Dismissal is his fourth book.

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                      Publisher details

                      Mrs. M
                      Author
                      Luke Slattery
                      Publisher
                      HarperCollins
                      Genre
                      Fiction
                      Released
                      23 October, 2017

                      Synopsis

                      From one of Australia's foremost journalists, Luke Slattery, comes a bravura literary achievement, a rich and intense novel of an imagined history of desire, ambition and dashed dreams, and a portrait of one passionate, unforgettable woman - Elizabeth Macquarie.Elizabeth Macquarie, widow of the disgraced former Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie, is in mourning - not only for her husband, but the loss of their shared dream to transform the penal colony into a bright new world. Over the course of one long sleepless night on the windswept isle of Mull, she remembers her life in that wild and strange country; a revolution of ideas as dramatic as any in history; and her dangerous alliance with the brilliant, mercurial Francis Greenway, the colony's maverick architect.A stirring, provocative and thrilling novel of passion, ideas, reforming zeal and desire.
                      Luke Slattery
                      About the author

                      Luke Slattery

                      Luke Slattery is a Sydney-based journalist, editor and columnist whose work appears in The Australian, The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review. Internationally he has been published at The New Yorker online, the LA Times, the International Herald Tribune, the UK Spectator, and the US Chronicle of Higher Education. Mrs M is his fifth book, and his first novel.

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