Anne Whitehead, author and screenwriter, was born in Sydney but spent much of her childhood in England and Papua-New Guinea. Because of a peripatetic engineer father, she was educated at eleven schools, including in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire villages, the PNG highland goldfields and coastal town of Lae, and boarding schools in Sydney and Queensland.
Currently, Anne is writing a memoir about growing up in New Guinea (before it was PNG), and also developing treatments for two television series for streaming: one about the Australian colonists in Paraguay in the 1890s; the other, from an original collaboration with the late Eleanor Witcombe (of My Brilliant Career film success and others) is a saga, set in both the Veneto region of Italy and the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area of NSW, about an Italian wine-growing family, their loves, trials and heroism, tragedies and great rewards.
Anne’s first two books – Paradise Mislaid and Bluestocking in Patagonia – have been honoured by being selected for Untapped: the Australian Literary Heritage Project.
Anne’s third book Betsy and the Emperor; The true story of Napoleon, a pretty girl, a Regency rake and an Australian colonial misadventure – was published by Allen & Unwin in 2015, available in print and digital versions.
It was published in the UK 2015, as The Emperor’s Shadow: Bonaparte, Betsy and the Balcombes of St Helena. (hb and pb)