In conversation with Robyn Cadwallader


Robyn Cadwallader, author of the internationally praised novel The Anchoress, will be in conversation with Catherine Milne on Robyn's second novel, Book of Colours, a profoundly beautiful story about creativity and connection.

Book of Colours is set in London in 1321 in a small shop in Paternoster Row, where three people are drawn together around the creation of a magnificent, illuminated prayer book. As each struggles to see the book come into being, it will change everything they have understood about their place in the world.

In many ways, this is a story about power. It is also a novel about the place of women in the roiling and turbulent world of the early fourteenth century: what power they have, how they wield it, and just how temporary and conditional it is.

Praise for The Anchoress: 'So beautiful, so rich, so strange, unexpected and thoughtful - also suspenseful. I loved this book.' Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

Advance praise for Book of Colours: 'In this extraordinary novel of illumination in medieval times, Cadwallader invites us into a world which seems distant, yet becomes recognisable. A world where women live in the shadow of men, but still find their own ways of creating'. Eleanor Limprecht. 

'Book of Colours brings alive a harsh but rich past, filled with the fantasies, fears, sly wit and tender longings of the medieval imagination.' Sarah Dunant

Robyn Cadwallader lives among vineyards outside Canberra. In addition to The Anchoress, Robyn has written poetry, short stories and a non-fiction book. 

Catherine Milne has worked for Penguin Books, Pan Macmillan, Allen & Unwin, and since 2012 with HarperCollins, where she is Head of Fiction.

Pre-event book signing will be available from 5.30pm and again after the event.This event is in association with Dymocks Canberra and books wll be available to purchase.