November 17, 2014

 

Belltrees. 

 

It even sounds beautiful - and it is. 

 

Belltrees is a magnificent pastoral station in the Hunter Valley.

 

It has been owned and managed by the White family for seven generations. 

 

It is special to me because Louisa Collins was born at Belltrees. 

 

Her father...

November 15, 2014

 

Well, I couldn't be more thrilled. 

 

Mum sent me this list of the Top 10 best-sellers from The Age this morning - and look at No. 3.  

 

It's Last Woman Hanged. 

 

Now, I realise it's the Military and History bestsellers - and my friend Peter FitzSimons is kicking my...

November 11, 2014

Travelling in South Australia this week, it seems that all the state is abuzz with the death of a man called Kenneth Perry. 

 

Who was he? He was the last surviving husband of Emily Perry, known as The Black Widow. 

 

The case truly is bizarre. 

 

 

Emily was f...

November 2, 2014

How much do you know about your ancestors?

 

Would you be surprised - or thrilled! - to find a secret in your family tree? 

 

As regular readers will know, the process of locating Louisa's descendants was not easy - but it has been an incredibly rewarding experience. 

 

...

October 30, 2014

What is Last Woman Hanged about? 

 

On one level, it's a story about a woman on trial for murder. It's about marriage, betrayal, justice, poverty, and arsenic. 

 

It's a true crime story, set in the late 19th century. 

 

That's on one level - but it's also about something mu...

October 29, 2014

 

Warm thanks to the generous Robin Amadio of The Wentworth Courier for attending the lunch for 40 women at Chiswick, to celebrate the publication of Last Woman Hanged. 

 

Whether Louisa Collins was guilty or not, hanging is barbaric, and to hang a woman when no woman was...

October 28, 2014

 

A thoughtful piece from Fairfax's Clementine Ford with a focus on the women who tried to save Louisa's life.

 

I must admit, my favourite part of the research process was discovering their names. 

 

Women like Elizabeth Parsons, a cheerful and talented watercolourist from...

October 28, 2014

I was lucky enough to be invited onto the Alan Jones program on 2GB on Monday to talk about Louisa Collins and Last Woman Hanged. 

 

Alan is a staunch supporter of the arts in Australia: song, dance, theatre and literature. 

 

He is also a passionate supporter of t...

October 27, 2014

 

The formal launch of Last Woman Hanged was held in a lovely, sandstone-walled room at the Gallipoli Club in Sydney's CBD last night, Monday 27 October 2014. 

 

Our host was The Sydney Institute.  We had a full house, and sold every book. 

 

Louisa's story h...

October 17, 2014

With thanks to the fine writer, Jacqueline Maley, for this article on Louisa Collins in Good Weekend magazine in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age today ... Jacqueline's interest in Louisa's story was heartening, and her compassion toward the plight of wo...

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