The Natural History of Love is a historical novel loosely based on the 19th century lives of French explorer, naturalist and diplomat the Count de Castelnau and his lover Carolina Fonçeca. Only 16, Carolina’s life changes forever when the dangerously ill Count is left on her remote plantation. With a head full of Balzac and dreams of Parisian life, she is beguiled by the middle-aged Frenchman. What Carolina doesn’t know is that François has a wife and son back in France. Desperate for a new life, she makes a decision that will follow her in Brazil, the salons of Paris and the early days of Melbourne.
Caroline Petit (The Natural History of Love) and Suzanne McCourt (The Tulip Tree) delve into the upheaval of 20th century Poland and 19th century Brazil before their sweeping novels land in Australia.
Chair: Jane Sullivan
Venue: Committee Room
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