Words with Wine: Ian Reid

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Words with Wine: Ian Reid

The Mind’s Own Place is partly based on the actual experiences of historical figures: a pair of convicts from respectable backgrounds, talented and enterprising but troubled; two female immigrants, free settlers, not equally fortunate or resilient; and the first detective in Western Australia, who eventually uncovers more than he intends.

Like Ian Reid’s previous acclaimed novels, this powerful story explores intricate relationships between the shaping of character and the pressure of adversity. It reveals damaged families, mixed motives, and the long shadows thrown by the past.

Ian Reid is the author of a dozen books; fiction, non-fiction and poetry, whose work has been widely anthologised, awarded prizes, and translated into several languages. In addition to The Mind’s Own Place, Ian’s previous historical novels are The End of Longing and That Untravelled World, both published by UWA Publishing. He lives in Perth, where he is an adjunct professor at the University of Western Australia and an emeritus professor at Curtin University.

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