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Beautiful Revolutionary by Laura Elizabeth Woollett

Beautiful Revolutionary

Laura Elizabeth Woollett

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Imprint: Scribe Publications
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Publication date: 14 Feb 2019
ISBN: 9781911617594

The thrilling new novel, inspired by the events at Jonestown in the 1970s. It's the summer of 1968, and Evelyn Lynden is a woman at war with herself. Minister's daughter. Atheist. Independent woman. Frustrated wife. Bitch with a bleeding heart. Following her conscientious-objector husband Lenny to the rural Eden of Evergreen Valley, California, Evelyn wants to be happy with their new life. Yet she finds herself disillusioned with Lenny's passive ways - and anxious for a saviour.

3 stars out of 5
13 Mar 2019

"a supple, punchy debut novel"

Four decades on, Australian author Laura Elizabeth Woollett has interviewed the survivors for a supple, punchy debut novel – an apocalyptic eve-of-destruction saga that paints a vivid portrait of life inside the Peoples Temple...Woollett’s historical drama has a hysterical edge. The 60s references pile up thick and fast (Barbarella, Sharon Tate, “Hey Jude”, Country Joe), like bumper stickers slapped on a VW Beetle... A more experienced author might have scrutinised the relationships more deeply, unpicking the ties that bound the father to his flock. Or would that have turned out to be a fool’s errand?