The lines of demarcation between fact,
fiction and faction are no longer as clear-cut as once thought.
Agnes (Anya) Rasp, wife of the man who discovered the fabulous
silver-rich lodes of Broken Hill, is the victim of a false
and malicious story.
This factional biography corrects
the damage and weaves an imaginative life story of the pretty
and ambitious German waitress whose marriage to one of the
founders of BHP endows her with huge wealth and social position.
Later, the widowed Agnes Rasp marries a European aristocrat
and throughout the dark days of WWI she dreams of returning
from Germany as the Countess of Adelaide...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Judith Armstrong has written/edited/translated
five previous books. Prior to writing Anya her most recent
was The Christesen Romance (MUP 1996), a biography of Nina
and Clem Christesen which was short-listed for The Age Book
of the Year award.
Previously a Reader in the Department
of Germanic Studies and Russian at the University of Melbourne,
Judith Armstrong now writes and lectures on a free-lance basis
and regularly leads tours in Europe.