Podcast: Nikki Gemmell on Writing About Australia’s Dark History

Podcast: Nikki Gemmell on Writing About Australia’s Dark History

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Bestselling author Nikki Gemmell talks to Cheryl about colonisation, Australia’s dark history, and how this inspired her thrilling new historical novel, The Ripping Tree.

About the author:

Nikki Gemmell is the international bestselling author of thirteen novels, including The Bride Stripped Bare, and four works of non-fiction, most recently her memoir of her mother’s death After. Her books have been translated into 22 languages.

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                Publisher details

                The Ripping Tree
                Author
                Nikki Gemmell
                Publisher
                HarperCollins
                Genre
                Fiction
                Released
                07 April, 2021

                Synopsis

                Early 1800s. Thomasina Trelora is on her way to the colonies. Her fate: to be married to a clergyman she's never met. As the Australian coastline comes into view a storm wrecks the ship and leaves her lying on the rocks, near death. She's saved by an Aboriginal man who carries her to the door of a grand European house, Willowbrae. Tom is now free to be whoever she wants to be and a whole new life opens up to her. But as she's drawn deeper into the intriguing life of this grand estate, she discovers that things aren't quite as they seem. She stumbles across a horrifying secret at the heart of this world of colonial decorum - and realises she may have exchanged one kind of prison for another.
                Nikki Gemmell
                About the author

                Nikki Gemmell

                Nikki Gemmell has written four novels, Shiver, Cleave, Lovesong, The Bride Stripped Bare and The Book Of Rapture, and one non-fiction book, Pleasure: An Almanac for the Heart. Her work has been internationally critically acclaimed and translated into many languages.In France she's been described as a female Jack Kerouac, in Australia as one of the most original and engaging authors of her generation and in the US as one of the few truly original voices to emerge in a long time.Born in Wollongong, Australia, she now lives in London.

                Books by Nikki Gemmell

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