Clare Wright visited Booktopia today fresh from her Stella Prize win last night at a ceremony in Sydney.
She posed alongside Booktopia Book Guru John Purcell with copies of her incredible new book The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka. It looks as though last night’s festivities had no effect on the acclaimed writer and historian, as she threw in one of history’s finest photo pranks on her unsuspecting lanky friend.
Clare and John pose. Little does John know…
…Clare is moving, inching closer to John, and as her left hand begins to move towards his head….
…Clare Wright has bunny-eared the Book Guru! But wait, does he realise? Does he…
…oh yes. He knows. And he can only bow his head in defeat. Bunny-eared defeat.
Which just goes to show that award-winning historians can be practical jokers too!
Stay tuned for our interview with Clare, it’s a wonderful chat.
by Clare Wright
Winner of the 2014 Stella Prize
The Eureka Stockade. The story is one of Australia’s foundation legends, but until now it has been told as though only half the participants were there.
What if the hot-tempered, free-wheeling gold miners we learnt about in school were actually husbands and fathers, brothers and sons? And what if there were women and children inside the Eureka Stockade, defending their rights while defending themselves against a barrage of bullets?
As Clare Wright reveals, there were thousands of women on the goldfields and many of them were active in pivotal roles. The stories of how they arrived there, why they came and how they sustained themselves make for fascinating reading in their own right. But it is in the rebellion itself that the unbiddable women of Ballarat come into their own.
Groundbreaking, absorbing, crucially important—The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is the uncut story of the day the Australian people found their voice.
About the Author
Clare Wright is an historian who has worked as a political speechwriter, university lecturer, historical consultant and radio and television broadcaster. Her first book, Beyond the Ladies Lounge: Australia’s Female Publicans, garnered both critical and popular acclaim. She researched, wrote and presented the ABC television documentary Utopia Girls and is currently writing a four-part series to commemorate the centenary of WWI for ABC1. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children.