Our new favourite book is The Floating Garden by Emma Ashmere.
Born in Adelaide, South Australia, history regularly rose to the surface of her suburban garden in the form of pottery, horseshoes, and ink bottles.
For over a decade she worked as a cook, leading to jobs on film sets, an isolated cattle station, Sydney cafés, London pubs, and an art school in the south of France. Her stories have appeared in various publications including The Age, Griffith Review, Sleepers Almanac, Australian Women’s Book Review, Etchings and Artlink.
She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide, and a PhD on the use of marginalised histories in fiction from La Trobe University in Melbourne. She has worked in university and arts administration, as a tutor, manuscript assessor, and as a researcher on two Australian gardening history books (Green Pens and Reading the Garden) and on another about women and empire.
These days Emma lives in northern New South Wales. Her first novel The Floating Garden will be published by Spinifex Press in May 2015.
“A charming and lyrical story of masculine ambition outwitted by feminine fruition. 1920s Sydney, in all her raffish grandeur, flourishes on every page. ” Mandy Sayer, author of Love in the Years of Lunacy