Grow­ing with the flow

South Perth-born au­thor Robin Bower has re­turned to her roots for her lat­est novel, My River Sanc­tu­ary.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

SOUTH Perth-born writer Robin Bower was in­spired by her child­hood grow­ing up in the sub­urb for her lat­est book.

My River Sanc­tu­ary imag­ines if Chi­nese ur­ban farms and gar­dens that were around South Perth in the 1880s to 1940s were still preva­lent in mod­ern times.

Wood­vale res­i­dent Bower said her mother told her about the farms and gar­dens and this in­spired her to write the book.

“We grew up near the zoo and the river was like our front yard; I’ve got won­der­ful mem­o­ries of play­ing with lo­cal kids,” she said.

“I’ve al­ways dab­bled with writ­ing. I’ve worked in pub­lish­ing in Mel­bourne, I’ve worked as a free­lancer and I’ve writ­ten about the di­a­mond and jew­ellery in­dus­try for a trade mag­a­zine while liv­ing in Hong Kong.

“My first book Be­yond Home was pub­lished in 2014 and my sec­ond book Sense of Paris was a col­lab­o­ra­tion cel­e­brat­ing Paris.”

Bower said this book was in­spired by her time in Hong Kong, which made her in­ter­ested in Chi­nese cul­ture.

“I was liv­ing there dur­ing the han­dover pe­riod and so there are his­tor­i­cal ref­er­ences to that in the book,” she said.

“I al­ways seem to grav­i­tate back to my child­hood and some of the char­ac­ters re­flect that.

“Kim is the main char­ac­ter. She is strug­gling to keep her farm prof­itable, and there is Jack who was the boy next door and her first love.”

Bower said she had learned a lot from pub­lish­ing her first two books, which made it eas­ier when it came to My River Sanc­tu­ary.

“At the mo­ment I’m writ­ing as many short sto­ries into dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tions as I can and run­ning my own blog, while also work­ing full-time,” she said.

The book is avail­able on Ama­zon: my­­tu­ary.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d465527

Robin Bower in South Perth with her new novel .

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d465527

South Perth-born au­thor Robin Bower

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