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Talks@Willoughby presents Alexandra Joel speaking about her book 'Rosetta: A Scandalous True Story'

30 March 2016


Alexandra Joel

12.30pm, Thursday 28 April
Chatswood Library on The Concourse
Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
FREE event 

Australian author and former editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Alexandra Joel will speak about her latest book, Rosetta: A Scandalous True Story at Chatswood Library on The Concourse this April.

Rosetta is the story of Alexandra’s quest to uncover the truth about her salacious great-grandmother, who in 1905, escaped her safe Melbourne life to run away with Zeno the Magnificent - a half-Chinese fortune teller and seducer of souls.

The pair reinvented themselves in London, where they beguiled European society and risked everything for a life of glamour and desire. Together they attracted the patronage of famous writers, inventors and scientists, lords and ladies, dukes and duchesses.

Rosetta revelled in a life few women of her time would have dared to embrace. But what had been the trajectory that had led her from an ordinary Melbourne suburban life to such societal heights in pre-World War I Europe?

Alexandra Joel is the author of Parade: the Story of Fashion in Australia and is a regular contributor of feature articles, interviews and reviews to a number of publications including The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald Good Weekend Magazine. More recently, Alexandra has been a practising counsellor and psychotherapist.

Lindfield Bookshop will provide copies of the author’s book for sale and signing.

Bookings are essential, please visit www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Library/ 

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