Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World (AU Edition)

October 31, 2020
Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World (AU Edition)

'An intimate portrait of a woman who changed herself andAustralia...Michelle Scott Tucker makes Elizabeth Macarthur stepoff the page.' David Hunt , Author of GirtIn 1788 a young gentlewoman raised in the vicarage of an Englishvillage married a handsome, haughty and penniless army officer. Inany Austen novel that would be the end of the story, but for thereal-life woman who became an Australian farming entrepreneur, itwas just the beginning.John Macarthur took credit for establishing the Australian woolindustry and would feature on the two-dollar note, but it waspractical Elizabeth who managed their holdings—while dealing withthe results of John's manias: duels, quarrels, court cases, amilitary coup, long absences overseas, grandiose constructionprojects and, finally, his descent into certified insanity.Michelle Scott Tucker shines a light on an often-overlookedaspect of Australia's history in this fascinating story of aremarkable woman.Michelle Scott Tucker owns and operates amanagement consulting company, and lives on a small farm inregional Victoria with her husband and children. ElizabethMacarthur is her first book.'Tucker's great achievement is to have scraped back the familiarhistorical material to uncover a fresh and compelling portrait ofElizabeth Macarthur in her own words and the words of those whoknew her.' Australian'In writing this lively, entertaining and profoundly empatheticbiography, [Tucker] has also brought other colonial women out ofthe shaows and told their story too...There are not manybiographies or histories of Australia that are unputdownable, butthis one is. Highly recommended!' ANZLitLovers'The triumphs and trials of Elizabeth Macarthur, a capablebusiness woman and dedicated wife and mother, are given their duein this impressively researched biography.' BrendaNiall'This carefully researched history is a highly interesting readthat highlights the importance of women in the settlement of NewSouth Wales.' Otago Daily Times'Finally, Elizabeth Macarthur steps out from the long shadow ofher infamous, entrepreneurial husband. In Michelle Scott Tucker'sdevoted hands, Elizabeth emerges as a canny businesswoman, charmingdiplomat, loving mother and indefatigable survivor. A fascinating,faithful portrait of a remarkable woman and the young, volatilecolony she helped to build.' Clare Wright'A nourishing, fascinating, and eye-opening read.' AlphaReader'Tucker expertly details the trials, tragedies and triumphs ofthe early settlement of NSW...This book is an important historicalmemoir documenting the incredible life of an Australian pioneer andher role as the matriarch of one of Australia's first agriculturaldynasties.' Countryman'Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the Worldis a great read. It crafts a compulsive story with good research,giving a convincing look into colonial New South Wales. It offersthe pleasures of fine biography in tracing one person's life in allits seasons, through its successes and failures, joys andmiseries.' NathanHobby blog'A stunning and intimate look at Elizabeth [Macarthur] and thefamily's lives...Should be required reading in schools...Aninformative and learned look at colonial history.' AUReview