By Richard Handley
In the prior, her acceptance has suffered and her significance neglected, with the biographers of Henry Lawson, her son, portray her as a clumsy, uncaring and sexually repressed wife.
Richard Handley’s That Mad Louisa has addressed that state of affairs highlighting her championing of women’s welfare and equality, her Australian patriotism, her inventiveness, publishing and journalistic traits and her charitable works.
There are a few astonishing revelations approximately Louisa and her relations: illegitimate teenagers, tragic untimely deaths, police activities and court docket lawsuits, drunkenness and violence, bouts of madness and committals to lunatic asylums, ready opposed to a history of 19th century values.
Richard Handley has positioned a persuasive case in a must-read booklet for Louisa Lawson to be well-known because the most crucial determine within the heritage of the feminist reason, a really striking woman.
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