Friday, 30 January 2015

The Book is Out!

Wow, it's finally happened after all those years of research on my part and writing on my husband Ross Davies part, that his new book Three Brilliant Careers. Nell Malone, Miles Franklin, Kath Ussher has been published by Boolarong Press in Brisbane and is now available.

I share the same name with my great aunt Nell, we are both Helen Frances Malone, and what a role model she would have been when I was young.  Unfortunately I discovered her story only about five years ago, and why my father gave me her name.  What an inspiring and great story it is.

The blurb on the back of the book says

Three Brilliant Careers reveals the previously untold story of celebrated author Miles Franklin and two lifelong Australian friends, Nell Malone and Kath Ussher, who met in Chicago in 1914 and reunited a year later in war torn London.
Despite facing enormous risks, the women subsequently travelled to the Balkans with the Scottish Women's Hospitals and served in frontline medical units attached to the French and Serbian Armies.
After the war, Miles settled in London, Kath in Hollywood and Nell in Paris, but maintained their friendship through regular correspondence.  All three achieved distinction in their chosen fields, although not without encountering significant obstacles in their path.
Bridging four decades across several continents, Three Brilliant Careers follows the remarkable lives of the friends, and explores their crossed destinies to tell an inspirational story of Australia's early feminists.

My son Tristan Davies has made a video book trailer which has been uploaded
to You Tube.


dinahmow said...

Congratulations to all of you! I knew it was "in the works" so I can imagine how you must feel now that it's out.
I look forward to reading it.

Fiona Dempster said...

Fabulous news Helen - big congratulations! It is the most amazing story and so worthy of being told - how wonderful to see all your hard work, research and writing coming together.

Helen M said...

Thank you Di and Fiona. Still hard to believe the long slog is over.