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Mary Hoban Mary Hoban i(A149713 works by)
Gender: Female
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Mary Hoban was the inaugural winner of the Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship. The fellowship allowed her to pursue a biography of Julia Sorell, later Julia Arnold.

Hoban is the niece of Mary Hoban.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2012 winner Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship

for a biography of Julia Arnold

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon An Unconventional Wife : The Life of Julia Sorell Arnold Brunswick : Scribe , 2019 15606970 2019 single work biography

'Julia Sorell was a colonial belle from Tasmania, vivacious and warm-hearted. Her marriage to Tom Arnold in 1850 propelled her into one of the most renowned families in England and into a circle that included Lewis Carroll and George Eliot. Her eldest daughter became a bestselling novelist, while her grandchildren included the writer Aldous Huxley and the evolutionary biologist Julian Huxley. With these family connections, Julia is a presence in many documented and famous lives, but she is a mostly silent presence.

'What began as a marriage born of desire soon turned into a relationship riven by discord. Tom’s sudden decision to become a Catholic and Julia’s refusal to convert with him plunged their lives into a crisis wherein their great love for each other would be pitted against their profoundly different understandings of marriage and religion. It was a conflict that would play out over three decades in a time when science challenged religion, when democracy challenged aristocracy, when women began to challenge men. It was a conflict that would not only shape their own lives and that of their children, but also touch the lives of all those who came into contact with them.

'Told with the pace, depth, and psychological richness of a great novel, An Unconventional Wife is a riveting biography that shines a shaft of light on a hidden but captivating life.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 shortlisted ASAL Awards The Australian Historical Association Awards Magarey Medal for Biography
2019 winner 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature The Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize
2019 winner Queensland Literary Awards Non-Fiction Book Award
2019 winner Queensland Literary Awards History Book Award
2019 longlisted Tasmania Book Prizes Tasmania Book Prize
2019 shortlisted 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature
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