About the au­thor… Holly Throsby

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - READING CORNER -

She’s a song­writer and mu­si­cian from Syd­ney, and this is her sec­ond novel.

This novel was in­spired by…

”A bizarre un­solved Aus­tralian mys­tery from 1948, the com­plex­ity of re­la­tion­ships be­tween moth­ers and daugh­ters, how peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties deal with trauma, and small towns on the south coast of New South Wales.”

The most chal­leng­ing thing about writ­ing it was… “Main­tain­ing my own pa­tience. I fol­low in­stinct when I write and let the story un­fold, rather than plan­ning it all out first. I love work­ing this way, but it takes a long time to work out how ev­ery­thing will weave to­gether. There will be a week or two of very puz­zled feel­ings, fol­lowed by a won­der­ful mo­ment of rev­e­la­tion. That cy­cle goes on un­til the story is fin­ished.” I’m fas­ci­nated by small-town Aus­tralian life be­cause… ”I love the con­nec­tions, the con­straints, the par­tic­u­lar type of la­conic hu­mour. Some­one wrote of my first book that it had a ‘wry af­fec­tion for a pe­cu­liarly Aus­tralian dag­gi­ness’. That made me laugh – and it’s def­i­nitely true.”

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