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LIBERTY

Nikki McWatters

  • Original Title: LIBERTY
  • Publication date: October 2018
  • Publisher: University of Queensland Press
  • Country: AU
  • 376 print pages
  • Adventure

Information

  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 15th century, 18th century, 20th century
  • Location setting: Australia, France, Ireland
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Surpassing oneself, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, War and other conflicts, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Solidarity, Commitment, Loyalty, CHARACTERS, Strong Female Character

Pitch

In 1472 France, a girl from a poor family is forced into an arranged marriage while an invading army approaches her town; in 1797, an Irish teen fights to free Ireland from English rule alongside her brother; in 1968, a girl gets swept up in anti-Vietnam War protests at university.

Comments

Nikki McWatters is an Australian writer. She was shortlisted for a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award (2010) and has published a memoir, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER (2012), and young adult novels such as SANDY FEET (2014) and HEXENHAUS (2016). She won the Irish Moth Award (2016) and has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, Huffington Post UK and The Big Issue.

Summary

A novel about three young women caught in the battles of their own times.

After the success of HEXENHAUS, Nikki McWatters is back with a companion novel that draws on the ideals of sisterhood, loyalty and courage.

In 1472, Jeanne’s father arranges her marriage to a French lieutenant against her wishes. As armed forces threaten her beloved home, Jeanne risks all to rally the city’s women in the fight of their lives.

In 1797, unbeknownst to their father, feisty and brave Betsy, her brother and their best friend secretly join the rebel army, hoping to liberate Ireland from the tyrannical yoke of English rule.

In 1960’s Australia, country-girl Fiona desperately wants to fit in at university and joins the anti-Vietnam protest movement, despite her family’s objections. When a friend is conscripted, Fiona’s beliefs are challenged even further.

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  • Author’s biography

    Nikki McWatters is an Australian writer. She was shortlisted for a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award (2010) and has published a memoir, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER (2012), and young adult novels such as SANDY FEET (2014) and HEXENHAUS (2016). She won the Irish Moth Award (2016) and has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, Huffington Post UK and The Big Issue. She is currently the spokesperson for the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout.