From one of Australia’s foremost journalists, Luke Slattery, comes Mrs. M, a rich and intense novel that intertwines an imagined history of ambition and dashed dreams, and a portrait of a passionate, unforgettable woman – Elizabeth Macquarie. In it, the widow of the disgraced former NSW governor must grapple with the loss of their shared dream to transform the penal colony into a bright new world. Join Luke as he talks about a provocative and thrilling novel of passion, ideas and desire.

Presented with Penrith City Library.

Luke Slattery (Australian)

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Luke Slattery is an author, journalist and literary critic based in Sydney. His journalism and writing have been published in metropolitan media throughout Australia and internationally in the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, London's The Spectator, The New Yorker and the US Chronicle of Higher Education. He has served as Higher Education Editor at The Australian, The Age and The Australian Financial Review, and has been the recipient of the Higher Education Journalist of the Year Award, the European Union Journalist Award and the Australian Council's Keesing Writing Fellowship in Paris. He was shortlisted for the 1995 Graham Perkin Journalist of the Year Award. Mrs. M is Luke's fifth book and his first novel.

Catherine Keenan (Australian)

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Catherine Keenan is co-founder and executive director of the Sydney Story Factory, a not-for-profit that runs creative writing and storytelling programs for marginalised young people aged 7 to 17. She was formerly a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald, and is also the 2016 Australian of the Year Local Hero.