The page-turning biography of an Australian woman who refused to bend to the expectations of her husband and her time.
Mary Hoban is a Melbourne-based writer and historian. Her first book was a history of Melbourne's celebrated Queen Victoria Market. She has also authored, co-authored, and edited various textbooks, papers, and journal articles in Australian and Asian history and cultural studies. For some years she was employed in the Philatelic section of Australia Post as a writer, editor, and researcher for the nation's postage stamps, where she wrote and edited books on subjects ranging from Christmas Island to the Antarctic, from royalty to rugby. In 2012 she was awarded the inaugural Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship to write the biography of Julia Sorrell Arnold.