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Siemon, Rosamond

Rosamond Siemon’s first book The Mayne Inheritance was published when she was 77. It quickly became a bestseller and has since been celebrated through the 2003 One Book One Brisbane campaign and as a sell-out stage play. Rosamond is a well-known historian, who lives and writes in Queensland. The Eccentric Mr Wienholt is her second book.
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The Eccentric Mr Wienholt

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From the bestselling author of The Mayne Inheritance Arnold Wienolt – MP, lion hunter and intelligence agent – was a larger-than-life action hero whose eccentricities were legendary. He once hired a circus tent when campaigning for parliament and offered to box all-comers in the ring. On his first hunting expedition to Africa he recklessly pursued a wounded lion and ended up scarred for life. Schooled at Eton and on his family’s vast holdings in Queensland, Wienholt fought for Empire during the Boer War and was an early exponent of guerilla warfare. Decorated for bravery in the First World War, he died in mysterious circumstances spying behind the lines in northern Africa in 1940. Ros Siemon’s engrossing tale has to read about to be believed.


The Mayne Inheritance

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Opening with a macabre mid-nineteenth century murder, The Mayne Inheritance unfolds like a gothic thriller. Was it the murder victim’s money that founded patriarch Patrick Mayne’s Queen Street business empire? Were the whispered accusations of murder and genetic madness true? For 150 years, scandal and mystery have surrounded the Maynes, a wealthy family who donated the magnificent site on which the University of Queensland now stands. "A gothic tale of murder, madness and scandal across the generations…Mad nuns, suspicious doctors, drownings, murder as foul as fevered imaginations can devise." Rosemary Sorensen, "The Courier-Mail" "This real-life thriller has been selling and selling…and has rarely left the bestseller lists." Matt Condon, "Sun Herald"