A groundbreaking portrait of an ordinary English country woman who would go on to become of Australia's most significant but little known historical figures.
Michelle Scott Tucker owns and operates a management consulting company, and lives on a small farm in regional Victoria with her husband and children. Elizabeth Macarthur is her first book.
'The triumphs and trials of Elizabeth Macarthur, a capable business
woman and dedicated wife and mother, are given their due in this
impressively researched biography.' -- Brenda Niall
'An intimate portrait of a woman who changed herself and Australia...Michelle Scott Tucker makes Elizabeth Macarthur step off the page.'
-- David Hunt * Author of GIRT *
'Finally, Elizabeth Macarthur steps out from the long shadow of her infamous, entrepreneurial husband. In Michelle Scott Tucker's devoted hands, Elizabeth emerges as a canny businesswoman, charming diplomat, loving mother and indefatigable survivor. A fascinating, faithful portrait of a remarkable woman and the young, volatile colony she helped to build.'
-- Clare Wright
'In writing this lively, entertaining and profoundly empathetic biography, [Tucker] has also brought other colonial women out of the shadows and told their story too...There are not many biographies or histories of Australia that are unputdownable, but this one is. Highly recommended!' * ANZ LitLovers *
'Tucker expertly details the trials, tragedies and triumphs of the early settlement of NSW...This book is an important historical memoir documenting the incredible life of an Australian pioneer and her role as the matriarch of one of Australia's first agricultural dynasties.' * Countryman *
'Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World is a great read. It crafts a compulsive story with good research, giving a convincing look into colonial New South Wales. It offers the pleasures of fine biography in tracing one person's life in all its seasons, through its successes and failures, joys and miseries.' * Nathanhobby.com *
'A nourishing, fascinating, and eye-opening read.' * Alpha Reader *
'Tucker's great achievement is to have scraped back the familiar historical material to uncover a fresh and compelling portrait of Elizabeth Macarthur in her own words and the words of those who knew her.' * Australian *
'This carefully researched history is a highly interesting read that highlights the importance of women in the settlement of New South Wales.' * Otago Daily Times *
'This is Elizabeth's story, brilliantly told...Tucker draws a vivid portrait of this steely resilient and charming woman who triumphed over innumerable trials and tribulations.' * Toowoomba Chronicle *