When Henrietta Dugdale gathers her three young sons to her in the spring of 1867 and runs away from her bigamist husband, she puts into motion events that will lead to her recognition as a hero and trailblazing suffragette for women’s rights in Australia.
This novel is based on a true story of the author’s ancestor, pieced together from family history, meticulous research and a desire to bring to light a life that was lived with conviction and fortitude. The more injustices she faced as a pioneering (and well-born) Englishwoman in Australia, the more determined Mrs Dugdale became to ‘step up’. She devoted her life to addressing those injustices, especially women’s rights, having lost her young sons to an indifferent and cruel husband who prevented her from having any contact with them in their early years.
Henrietta left a searing account of her passion for women’s rights in a series of letters to newspapers which have been quoted and adapted in this story. This is an important work that documents the world of dependent women in Victoria in the late 1800s and sheds light on a crusader whose desire to make a difference transformed the lives of those she lived and worked with.
See Step Up, Mrs Dugdale listed on the reading list for May by Writing WA Click here
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There’s nothing quite like having a book launch in your own hometown. The occasion, on Thursday, 11th April, was made all the more celebratory with well-known local author and presenter, Rosemary Sayer, introducing Step Up, Mrs Dugdale to a very appreciative audience of family and friends. And the Crawley venue, with its magnificent view overlooking Matilda Bay, was such a great fit to showcase my new imprint, Matilda Bay Books.
Step Up, Mrs Dugdale is now available in all formats.
What a thrill to have STEP UP, MRS DUGDALE launched at the new Her Place National Women’s Museum in Melbourne last Thursday. It was the perfect venue. Australian Living Treasure 2004, Professor Fiona Stanley AC, who launched my book, spoke passionately about Henrietta Augusta Dugdale and how she was a hero for women, and a trailblazer for her time.
What better way to mark International Women’s Day than by sharing the blurb of my new book, Step Up, Mrs Dugdale.
“In 1867, Henrietta Augusta Dugdale, dairywoman of Queenscliff, is pushed to breaking point and leaves her fourteen-year marriage. With access to her children denied, she enters the freethinking world of Melbourne bohemia and sets out to change the law that casts women as property, with no legal rights of their own.
A fearless crusader for women’s justice, the indefatigable ‘Mrs D.’ outclasses those who try to silence or belittle her, all the while haunted by the loss of her three sons, the dark undercurrents of the past and the mysterious fate of her first love.
From newfound facts and family memorabilia, Lynne Leonhardt has created a luminous tale of love, loss, triumph and fortitude, set against the evocative coastal landscape of Port Phillip Bay and the wonder-city of Melbourne at the height of the gold-rush boom. Step Up, Mrs Dugdale is an unforgettable portrait of a pioneering suffragist – a hero for women, a trailblazer for her time.”
STEP UP, MRS DUGDALE is coming soon!!
It doesn’t happen by design. But it’s so newsworthy, I feel I have to shout it out and share the cover page of my new novel. Step Up, Mrs Dugdale is coming soon.
On the 8th November, I will be taking part in a Historical Novel Society of Australiasia panel event in Melbourne, along with fellow featured authors, Glenice Whitting and Alli Sinclair.
The panel, led by Robert Gott, will discuss stories of immigration - of migration to Australia and connections to the old country. Central to memories of the old country is feasting - sharing of food and drink evocative of the old country. In that vein, the panel discussion will be accompanied by beverage pairings - from Australia, Germany and Italy.
Tickets ($25.00) can be purchased from Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/VRJZ
Ticket price includes wine/beverage sample and cocktail supper.
Venue: Mail Exchange Hotel:
688 Bourke St, Melbourne.
(corner of Bourke Street and Spencer Street, opposite Southern Cross Station).
Enter via the Bourke Street entrance, down the escalators, through the Bistro. Function rooms face onto Bourke Street.
HNSA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HNSAustralasia/
HNSA Melbourne Chapter Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/242775092782782/?ref=br_rs
It’s that time of the year when I receive notification of my yearly Public Lending Right payment. A small royalty rate for every book that is borrowed through libraries across Australia. Though very small, it accumulates. More importantly, it lets me know that my book is still popular. Thank you, readers!
For those of you who have not read Finding Jasper or would like a copy, it can be purchased at Buy Now
Some years ago my local library was burnt to the ground and had to be relocated. I'm pleased to say that I will be giving a talk there on 2nd July. Look forward to seeing you there.Read More
Looking forward to meeting lots of interesting people at this Sydney conference. It kicks off tonight with a cocktail party at the State Library. There should be some lively discussion at a round table debate with Kelly Gardiner (Chair), Deborah Challinor, Jesse Blackadder, Rachel Le Rossignol and Gillian Polack as they ponder the question: ‘What can historical novelists and historians learn from each other?
Come along and have a glass of wine while you hear me speak about my book, Finding Jasper. This will include readings followed by a Q & A session.
Date: 13th August, 2014
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Library Main Hall, 1 Leake Street, Peppermint Grove WA 6011
Contact: The Grove Library
Contact Number: 92868686
Presenter: Lynne Leonhardt
I will be guest speaker at the Town of Vincent Library & History Centre. To hear more about the writing of Finding Jasper please come along and join me.
When: 10:00 AM, Wednesday 28 May to 11:00 AM, Wednesday 28 May 2014
Where: 99 Loftus Street, Leederville, Western Australia, 6007
I will be guest speaker at the Society of Women Writers WA on 18th March 2014. This will follow a General Monthly Meeting which will be held at 12.15 pm.
Topic: Serendipity: PhD to Publication
Venue: Citiplace Community Centre, Perth Railway Station Concourse (above Platform 9)
for more details about SWWWA see http://www.swwofwa.com/monthly_meeting.html
LOOKING FORWARD TO SPEAKING AT THIS SUNDOWNER AT CULLENS WINES ON NOVEMBER 3. THIS IS A FREE EVENT SO PLEASE COME ALONG AND JOIN US
FINDING JASPER BOOK LAUNCH
Date: 7 Nov 2013
Time: 7pm-8:30pm (Registration starts at 6:30pm)
Venue: Multi-Purpose Room, B1, National Library Board, Singapore
100 Victoria Street, Singapore
About the Launch
Meet West Australian author Lynne Leonhardt at the launch of her novel in Singapore.Finding Jasper (Margret River Press) explores the social, emotional and physical dislocation brought about by war. Set across Australia, England and Sri Lanka between 1945-65, Finding Jasper is an acute, sensitive search for love and a sense of self in a rapidly changing world.
The book will be launched by guest speaker Kevin Peter Blackburn, NIE and the author will show a short video and read an excerpt from the book. You will also have the opportunity to direct questions to the author.
Light Refreshment will be provided.
The event is co-organised by the National Book Development Council of Singapore and Margaret River Press.
Entrance is free. Click here to register
I will be talking about and reading from Finding Jasper at the
KATHERINE SUSANNAH PRICHARD WRITERS CENTRE
11 Old York Road, Greenmount, WA 6056
Sunday 6 October 2013 at 2.30-4.00 pm (FREE EVENT)
Books will be available for purchase and I will be happy to sign copies.
Book Reading / Wine and Cheese Evening -Thurday 22 August 5.30-7pm
Finding Jasper by Lynne Leonhardt
The Royal WA Historical Society’s Book Shop is hosting a book reading / wine and cheese evening for first-time SW author Lynne Leonhardt.
Lynne Leonhardt will read from her historical fiction novel Finding Jasper, which is based in the South West of Australia and the city of Perth. This beautifully written novel follows three generations of women, from 1939 to the seventies, whose lives were all affected by the absence of Jasper - son, brother, husband and father, who was a pilot in the RAAF during World War II. The reading will be complemented by wine and cheese.
Bookings are essential: Entrance $5 donation at the door.
RSVP to: The Royal WA Historical Society (Inc.)
tel: 9386 3841 email: email@example.com