Afterwards, author Sarah Franklin will be interviewing both authors about their latest publications, The Madonna of the Mountains
and A River in the Trees
alongside taking questions from the audience.
The Madonna in the Mountains by Elise Valmorbida: 1923, north-eastern Italy: Maria Vittoria's father has left the village to find her a husband. He has taken his mule, a pack of food and a photograph of Maria. There are no eligible men in this valley, or the next one, and her father will not allow her to marry just anyone.
Just as Fascism blooms in the country, the crops ripen, and the state demands babies - a new generation. There is much work to be done, and Maria faces a stony path, but one she will surely climb to the summit.
Elise Valmorbida grew up Italian in Australia but fell in love with London. She is the author of acclaimed literary novels Matilde Waltzing, The TV President and The Winding Stick. An award-winning indie film producer, she wrote SAXON, The Making of a Guerrilla Film. Other non-fiction includes The Book of Happy Endings. Her 'compulsively beautiful' new novel The Madonna of the Mountains was The Times Book of the Month when released in hardback.
A River in the Trees by Jacqueline O'Mahony: 1919: Ireland is about to be torn apart by the War of Independence. Hannah O'Donovan helps her father hide rebel soldiers in the attic, putting her family in great danger from the British soldiers who roam the countryside. An immediate connection between Hannah and O'Riada, the leader of this hidden band of rebels, will change her life and that of her family forever...
2019: Ellen is at a crossroads: her marriage is in trouble, her career is over and she's grieving the loss of a baby. After years in London, she decides to come home to Ireland to face the things she's tried so hard to escape. Reaching into the past, she feels a connection to her aunt, the mysterious Hannah O'Donovan. But why won't anyone in her family talk about Hannah? And how can this journey help Ellen put her life back together?
Jacqueline O’Mahony is from Cork, Ireland, and was named Young Irish Writer of the Year by the Irish Examiner when she was 14. She did her BA in Ireland, her MA at the University of Bologna, and her PhD in History as a Fulbright Scholar at Duke University, and at Boston College. On finishing her studies she moved to London to work as a stylist for Vogue, and Associated Newspapers as an arts editor. She lives in London with her husband and three young children and in 2015 gained a distinction in City University’s MA in Creative Writing.
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