The Sea People

The Sea People

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In 1803 Thecla, an Irish visionary, artist and needlewoman, was transported to the penal colony at Port Philip to atone for her heretical ideas about women, politics and religion. Nearly two hundred years later, her descendants, Claire, Theresa, Faith, Grace and Maudie are grappling with life in modern Sorrento, where myth and reality merge on the sea rim: a respectable minister has a secret vice, a Mills & Boon hero is a shifty bludger, a 'prince' washed up on the beach creates sexual mayhem, and the legend of the Holy Grail is about to be revealed as a feminist plot. Sly, witty, sensual and compelling. Maurilia Meehan's writing interweaves past and present lives with a deft touch, showing how Celtic myths and radical European ideas seeped into Australia with the motley rabble who constituted Victoria's first colony. 'This deft and witty novel leaps from late 18th Century Ireland and a rebel order of Pope Joan worshipping nuns, to the English household of radical thinker William Goldwin, across to the new penal colony of Australia and then forward to today.' Liz Porter The Age 'A daringly untamed style...triumphantly unfettered.' Rosemary Sorenson The Age 'Its capacity to disturb, amuse and tantalise in turn are undeniable.' Veronica Sen The Canberra Times 'A rattling good yarn about modern life and the romantic myths that underpin it.' Liz Porter The Age
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About Maurilia Meehan

Maurilia Meehan won the State of Victoria Short Story Award, and was a finalist in The Australian Vogel, Adelaide Festival, Braille, The Age and Miles Franklin Awards. The Sea People was a finalist in the Louis Braille Talking Books Award. After a respectable career on the literary straight and narrow, she has now turned to noir humour mysteries, with Madame Bovary's Haberdashery. More at
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