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The Talented Mrs Greenway
Written by:
Tea Cooper 
Read by:
Annabelle Tudor 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
11 hours 1 minutes 
November 28 2023 
Available Date:
November 28 2023 
Age Category:
Fiction; Australian Fiction; Historical Fiction 
Bolinda/HarperCollins audio 
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AUD$ 39.95
AUD$ 39.95

International bestselling author
USA Today bestselling author
Award winning author
Australian author
Better Reading Top 100 - 2024

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. 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, under the protection of Admiral Phillip himself. Mary herself 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 this new colony, with a determination fired in equal parts by guilt for her disastrous past action that nearly brought ruin to them all and desire to see her true calling realised. When she is befriended by Elizabeth Macquarie it seems that fate is smiling on them with the promise of a better life in her grasp. But fate is a difficult mistress and with past secrets to keep, and current betrayals on the brink of discovery, the stakes are higher than ever.

'Cooper is a welcome inclusion to the rising ranks of female-centered historical Australian novels.' (on The Naturalist's Daughter)
The Herald Sun

'While it is common to mix genres, Australia’s Tea Cooper does it more boldly than most.' (on The Naturalist's Daughter)
Australian Women’s Weekly

'Cooper’s confident prose and deep empathy for her characters will keep readers hooked as she unspools her intrigue-filled mystery. Historical fans will want to dig this one up.' (on The Fossil Hunter)
Publisher's Weekly