Melissa Ashley (born 1973) is an Australian novelist. In the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards, her novel The Birdman's Wife won the University of Queensland Fiction Book Award. It also received the Australian Booksellers Association Nielsen BookData 2017 Booksellers Choice Award.
Ashley's interest in birds motivated her 2016 historical novel The birdman's wife, about Elizabeth Gould who illustrated and drew specimens of birds for her husband John Gould's various books on birds.
- Cvetkovic, Lidija; Johnson, Ruth; Ashley, Melissa, 1973- (1996), Desire inDifference, Hetaira Press, ISBN 978-0-646-29022-5CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
- Ashley, Melissa (2003), The hospital for dolls, Post Pressed, ISBN 978-1-876682-50-7
- Ashley, Melissa Jane (2009), The girl without hands : extract from the manuscript of a novel. The maiden without hands : from folktale and fairy tale to contemporary novel, St. Lucia, Qld, retrieved 9 October 2017 (M.Phil Thesis)
- Ashley, Melissa Jane (2016), The birdman's wife, South Melbourne, VIC Affirm Press, ISBN 978-1-925344-99-8
- Ashley, Melissa (2019), The bee and the orange tree, South Melbourne, VIC Affirm Press, ISBN 978-1-925712-01-8
- "Winners and finalists". Queensland Literary Awards. 2017. Archived from the original on 9 October 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
- "The Nielsen BookData 2017 Booksellers' Choice Award". Australian Booksellers. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
- Baum, Caroline (14 October 2016). "The Birdman's Wife by Melissa Ashley: Elizabeth Gould's forgotten talent". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
- "UQ graduate brings trailblazing woman out of shadows". UQ News. University Of Queensland. 10 February 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.