RELEASE DATE: 1 NOVEMBER 2023 THE TALENTED MRS GREENWAY
From a bestselling Australian author, this compellingly realised novel brings to life the story of an enigmatic figure, wife to feted colonial architect Francis Greenway, and asks, whose hand really shaped Sydney? Who is the talented Mrs Greenway?. 1814 Sydney Town
When Mary Greenway, freshly arrived from the old country, steps into the maelstrom of Sydney Town with three children at her skirts, she has high hopes of a new beginning, despite having little money and a husband in irons. After all, the sudden death of her sadistic first husband has meant freedom from her gilded cage and Francis Greenway is an architect of some promise, recommended by none other than Admiral Phillip himself. Mary is a woman of great resources and an even greater creative passion, a passion that will surely burn through anything that the filthy, burgeoning, vitality of colonial Sydney can throw at her. Soon ensconced in a tiny cottage in George Street, Mary sets about moulding a life for her family from the unpromising clay of Sydney Town, with a determination fired in equal parts by guilt for her disastrous past action and a desire to realise her true calling. When she is befriended by Elizabeth Macquarie it seems that fate is smiling on them and the promise of a better life is within her grasp. But fate is a difficult mistress and she has past secrets to keep, current betrayals on the brink of discovery and the stakes are higher than ever. With Mary's grip on this new life slipping, will the past come back to haunt her?
Fans will rejoice at another signature Cooper tale, rich with historical fact, a crafted narrative of intrigue and a hint of romance. She once again puts a fascinating woman at the forefront of history – I loved this. Jane Tara Better Reading I won’t ever forget The Talented Mrs Greenway and the mark she and her husband left on Sydney. I highly recommend this mesmerising story. Cindy L Spear Convict era Sydney comes to life in all its savagery and tumultuous promise … full of passion, intrigue, secrets and betrayal. Cameron Woodhouse, Sydney Morning Herald & The Age. Historical fiction lovers, don’t miss this one … reimagined history at its finest. Mrs G’s Bookshelf