Boffins Books together with the Friends of Kings Park invite you to enjoy an author talk and afternoon tea with Bernice Barry, as she presents her newly published book Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines.
Bookings are essential as places are limited. Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines will be available for sale on the day and Bernice Barry will be signing copies of the book at the event. Part proceeds from book sales will be donated to the Friends of Kings Park Fund to help preserve, protect and enhance the environment and this Western Australia treasure.
Georgiana Molloy: the Mind That Shines tells of her extraordinary story, and mysterious beginnings in Australia, before becoming one of its first internationally successful female botanists. From the refined beauty of 19th century England and Scotland, to the dramatic landscape of the West Australian coast, this biography gives new insight into the life of this pioneering botanist. Following a swift marriage, Georgiana and Captain John Molloy, a handsome hero with a mysterious past, emigrated to Australia among the first group of European settlers to the remote southwest. Here, despite personal tragedy, Georgiana's passion for flora was ignited.
Entirely self-taught, she gathered specimens of indigenous flora that are now held in some of the world's leading herbarium collections. Using Georgiana's own writings and notes, accompanied by full-colour pictures plants mentioned throughout, Bernice Barry reveals a resilient, independent woman of strong values, whose appreciation and wonder of the landscape around her become her salvation and legacy.
Originally from Cornwall in the UK, Bernice emigrated to Australia’s far southwest coast near Margaret River in 2001.She has spent the last 14 years creating a native garden in a forest near the Indian Ocean. In 2011, she focused on her lifelong interest in writing, literature and history. Her 2012 first short story Mornings Like This won the inaugural Regional Writers’ Award in the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival short story competition. In March 2015, after 11 years’ research, her biography of botanist and local settler Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines was self-published in WA before being published in 2016 by Pan Macmillan.
Can't make it? We'll happily have a copy of Bernice Barry’s Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines signed for you. Simply contact us via phone, email, online or visit us in-store, and we'll take care of the rest.