Historical Fiction at it's Finest with Stephanie Parkyn

Into the World

When:Thu, 22nd Feb

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where:Shop L38 Westfield Woden , Keltie Street , Woden , 2606 , AU

Child friendly?Yes!

Free event?Yes!


This is your opportunity to meet one of Australia's finest debut novelists. Stephanie Parkyn will be in-conversation at Harry Hartog Woden sharing her love of history, and the challenges faced weaving history and fiction together.

Books available to purchase on the night. The author will be signing copies at the conclusion of the discussion.


Inspired by a true story, Into the World is a compelling novel of Marie-Louise Girardin’s extraordinary voyage to Australia and the South Pacific disguised as a man. Set in the age of scientific enlightenment and against the turmoil of the French Revolution, Marie-Louise escapes France seeking independence, but suffers grief and guilt for the baby she leaves behind. She encounters perilous oceans, exotic lands, and unforeseen loves on a journey to reclaim her child.

This is a novel about freedom and the power of stepping into the unknown.


Stephanie Parkyn has always wanted to write, growing up in a book-loving family in Christchurch, New Zealand. But a fascination with science, research, and the environment led her to a PhD and a career as a freshwater ecologist. Moving to Tasmania with her husband allowed her to follow her dream of making art and storytelling. Here she learned of the remarkable voyage of Marie-Louise Girardin.  The story had all the elements that inspire her: mystery, adventure, natural history and injustice. Writing historical fiction combines her love of travel, imagination and learning, and she enjoys the challenge of illuminating historical figures who dared to question social rules and conventions. Into the World is her debut novel published by Allen & Unwin.



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