A young woman travels to a new world, and discovers who she really is.
Celebrating 25 years of Libby Hathorn, acclaimed author of the Australian YA classic THUNDERWITH.
In October 1829, Georgiana Molloy embarked on a gruelling five-month sea journey from hr home in England, hopeful of a prosperous future in the new settlement in Western Australia. But the land she finds is harsh and unyielding, food is often short, and the struggle of colonial life spells dreadful loneliness. Yet despite the hardships, she begins to see the unique beauty of her adopted country, and becomes fascinated with its amazing plant life, so different from anything she has known in England.
Based on the real life of Georgiana Molloy, pioneer botanist, this novel by acclaimed author Libby Hathorn takes us into the fascinating work of a young woman whose passion for flowers transformed her, and the world.
'Libby Hathorn's historical novel is a wonderfully accessible introduction to the life of Georgiana Molloy, the Woman of Flowers, and extraordinary and unique figure in early Australia's history. A beaut book!' - Dr Kevin Thiele, Curator, Western Australian Herbarium
'This engaging novel about a modest but remarkable woman really gets to the heart of early colonial life in Australia. It's both a great story and an enthralling piece of social history.' - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Libby Hathorn's historical novel is a wonderfully accessible introduction to the life of Georgiana Molloy, the Woman of Flowers, and extraordinary and unique figure in early Australia's history. A beaut book! - Dr Kevin Thiele, Curator, Western Australian Herbarium
This engaging novel about a modest but remarkable woman really gets to the heart of early colonial life in Australia. It's both a great story and an enthralling piece of social history. - The Sydney Morning Herald
Libby Hathorn (Author)
Libby Hathorn is an award-winning author and poet of more than seventy books for children, young adults, and adult readers. Translated into several languages and adapted for both stage and screen, her work has won honours in Australia, the United States, Great Britain and Holland. In 2014 she won The Alice Award, a national award given to 'a woman who has made a distinguished and long term contribution to Australian literature'. In 2017 she won the Asher Award, a peace prize, for A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy.
Her first young adult novel Thunderwith has enjoyed thirty years in continuous print and was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. Two of Libby's picture books, Grandma's Shoes and Sky Sash So Blue, have been performed as operas, with a third, Outside, with music composed by Elena Kats-Chernin, already on its way.
Libby is a keen educator who has lectured part-time at Sydney University and is devoted to being an ambassador for poetry anywhere and everywhere. In 2012 she was a National Ambassador for Reading and travelled to many country towns to talk about Australian literature. Libby acts as a judge for various literary prizes, including the NSW Premier's Literary Awards.
For more information, free writing tips and teaching resources, go to www.libbyhathorn.com
Phil Lesnie (Illustrator)
Phil Lesnie is a Sydney-based illustrator of children's books. He is also a children's bookseller. It is entirely possible that he hasn't read a title written for adults since he became one. He works primarily in watercolour, because in a watercolour painting even mistakes look lovely. He is the illustrator of Feathers, which was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards in 2018. His first three books were CBCA Notable books in 2015, 2016 and 2018. But his first cat, Cassidy, is notable all of the time.