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Cover of The Silk Merchant's Son and author photo Peter Burke

The Silk Merchant's Son Book Launch

Come listen to Peter Burke as he takes you back in time to discover real-life characters in his latest book, The Silk Merchant's Son.

About the Book

In 1845, linguistics professor Fabrice Cleriquot is dispatched from Lyon to the Swan River Colony, sent away with a box full of silkworms to stop him from bringing more disgrace upon the family. Accompanying him on board the Elizabeth are twenty-eight mismatched and misguided Catholic missionaries including Dom Salvado, who seeks to create a Spanish Benedictine monastery deep in the bush, and the Irish Sisters of Mercy, who are fleeing a dreadful famine.

Given the job of distributing a huge donation from a wealthy benefactress, Fabrice bears witness to the folly of his travelling companions whose presumptuous attempts to rescue the colony and the original inhabitants from themselves, can only lead to tragedy.

About the Author

Peter Burke is a Perth doctor and writer of Western Australian historical fiction, his novels being enjoyed for their filmic quality and humour. Professionally, he divides his time between Murdoch University medical clinic and the hospitals of the Kimberley region of the Northwest. His first novel, The Drowning Dream, was shortlisted for both the Australian / Vogel Literary Award and the WA Premier’s Book Awards. The Silk Merchant’s Son is his third novel.

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    Wednesday 26 April 2023
    6.30pm to 8pm

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    573 Hay Street

    Perth WA 6000

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