Bernadette Brennan and Joyce Morgan wrote their excellent biographies in the hope their readers would become readers of their subjects. Bernadette’s Leaping Through Waterfalls: The Enigmatic Gillian Mears documents Mears’s rich, blazing life, revealing a writer of astonishing gifts and great fearlessness. Joyce’s The Countess from Kirribilli is the remarkable story of Elizabeth von Arnim, born Mary Beauchamp in Kirribilli, a prolific writer who became the toast of London, a literary sensation compared to Jane Austen. Both deserve celebration.
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Bernadette Brennan is an author, critic and researcher of contemporary Australian writing. Her recent award-winning work A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work was a literary portrait of one of Australia's best-loved author, and her latest, Leaping into Waterfalls, explores the life of Gillian Mears, considered one of the most significant Australian writers of the last forty years.
Joyce Morgan is a former arts editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, a journalist and author of Journeys on the Silk Road. British-born and Sydney-based, she has worked as a journalist in London, Hong Kong and Sydney and has written on arts and culture for more than two decades. Her most recent book is The Countess from Kirribilli.
Caroline Baum is the author ofOnly, A Singular Memoir and is a contributor to several anthologies and national media including The Guardian and the Sydney Morning Herald. She is the NSW Ambassador for the Older Women’s Network (OWN). In 2021, Caroline presents Life Sentences, a new podcast series devoted to contemporary biography.