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Lauren Chater presents Gulliver's Wife

12 November 20 - 12 November 20 6:30pm

NSW Public Libraries are pleased to present Lauren Chater speaking about her new novel, Gulliver's Wife in conversation with Meg Keneally, author of The Wreck.

From the bestselling author of The Lace Weaver comes a story of birth, death and wonder, chronicling one woman’s journey to the edge of love and loyalty.

When her husband is lost at sea in 1702, Mary Burton Gulliver, midwife and herbalist, is forced to rebuild her life in London without him. But three years later when Lemuel Gulliver is brought home, fevered and communicating only in riddles, her ordered world is turned upside down. In a climate of desperate poverty and violence, Mary is caught in a crossfire of suspicion and fear driven by her husband’s outlandish claims, and it is up to her to navigate a passage to safety for herself and her daughter, and the vulnerable women in her care. When a fellow sailor, a dangerous man with nothing to lose, appears to hold sway over her husband, Mary’s world descends deeper into chaos, and she must set out on her own journey to discover the truth of Gulliver’s travels . . . and the landscape of her own heart.

Lauren Chater is the author of the bestselling historical novel The Lace Weaver and the baking compendium Well Read Cookies: Beautiful biscuits inspired by great literature. She is currently working on her third novel, The Winter Dress, inspired by a real 17th century gown found off the Dutch coast in 2014. In her spare time, she loves baking and listening to her children tell their own stories. She lives in Sydney.

This presentation will be broadcast online using Zoom. Book your place and we’ll send you a Zoom link to join the meeting.

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