Podcast: Melissa Ashley Talks About the Fascinating Marie Catherine d’Aulnoy

Podcast: Melissa Ashley Talks About the Fascinating Marie Catherine d’Aulnoy

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Melissa Ashley talks about the extraordinary Marie Catherine d’Aulnoy who ran a literary salon in Paris in the 1700s and published the very first fairy tale, women’s lives during that time, and her novel The Bee and the Orange Tree.

About the author:

Melissa Ashley is a writer, poet, birder and academic who tutors in poetry and creative writing at the University of Queensland. She has published a collection of poems, The Hospital for Dolls, short stories, essays and articles. What started out as research for a PhD dissertation on Elizabeth Gould became a labour of love and her first novel, The Birdman’s Wife, which has been printed in three formats and sold more than 30,000 copies since release. Melissa’s second novel, The Bee and the Orange Tree, will be published in November 2019 with Affirm Press.

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Stunning Historical Fiction: Read an Extract from The Bee and the Orange Tree by Melissa Ashley

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29 October 2019

Stunning Historical Fiction: Read an Extract from The Bee and the Orange Tree by Melissa Ashley

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    29 October 2019

    Enchanting and Intriguing: A Review of The Bee and the Orange Tree by Melissa Ashley

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        Publisher details

        The Bee and the Orange Tree
        Author
        Melissa Ashley
        Publisher
        Affirm Press
        Genres
        Australian Fiction, History
        Released
        29 October, 2019

        Synopsis

        It’s 1699, and the salons of Paris are bursting with the creative energy of fierce, independent-minded women. But outside those doors, the patriarchal forces of Louis XIV and the Catholic Church are moving to curb their freedoms. In this battle for equality, Baroness Marie Catherine D’Aulnoy invents a powerful weapon: ‘fairy tales’.When Marie Catherine’s daughter, Angelina, arrives in Paris for the first time, she is swept up in the glamour and sensuality of the city, where a woman may live outside the confines of the church or marriage. But this is a fragile freedom, as she discovers when Marie Catherine’s close friend Nicola Tiquet is arrested, accused of conspiring to murder her abusive husband. In the race to rescue Nicola, illusions will be shattered and dark secrets revealed as all three women learn how far they will go to preserve their liberty in a society determined to control them.This keenly-awaited second book from Melissa Ashley, author of The Birdman’s Wife, restores another remarkable, little-known woman to her rightful place in history, revealing the dissent hidden beneath the whimsical surfaces of Marie Catherine’s fairy tales. The Bee and the Orange Tree is a beautifully lyrical and deeply absorbing portrait of a time, a place, and the subversive power of the imagination.
        Melissa Ashley
        About the author

        Melissa Ashley

        Melissa Ashley is a writer, poet, birder and academic who tutors in poetry and creative writing at the University of Queensland. She has published a collection of poems, The Hospital for Dolls, short stories, essays and articles. What started out as research for a PhD dissertation on Elizabeth Gould became a labour of love and her first novel, The Birdman’s Wife. Inspired by her heroine, she studied taxidermy as a volunteer at the Queensland Museum. Melissa lives in Brisbane.

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