Australian New Releases

Two newly released novels for young readers! I look forward to reading, by the very talented Australian authors Jackie French and Gabrielle Wang. The book covers are gorgeous.

	The Beast of Hushing Wood - Gabrielle WangMiss Lily's Lovely Ladies - Jackie French

Miss Lily’s Lovely Ladies

A tale of espionage, love and passionate heroism. Inspired by true events, this is the story of how society’s ‘lovely ladies’ won a war.

Each year at secluded Shillings Hall, in the snow-crisped English countryside, the mysterious Miss Lily draws around her young women selected from Europe’s royal and most influential families. Her girls are taught how to captivate a man – and find a potential husband – at a dinner, in a salon, or at a grouse shoot, and in ways that would surprise outsiders. For in 1914, persuading and charming men is the only true power a woman has.

Sophie Higgs is the daughter of Australia’s king of corned beef and the only ‘colonial’ brought to Shillings Hall. Of all Miss Lily’s lovely ladies, however, she is also the only one who suspects Miss Lily’s true purpose.

The Beast of Hushing Woods

A powerful magic realism story about Ziggy Truegood, a young girl who has a premonition that she will drown on her 12th birthday.

Ziggy Truegood lives in a tiny town deep in Hushing Wood, where strange things are happening. The townspeople are fighting, Ziggy feels like something is hunting her, and her beloved woods have become dark and hostile. When exotic Raffi and his grandfather arrive in town, Ziggy finds herself strangely drawn to them. But are they there to save Ziggy, or are they the hunters?

It is a great pleasure to have my short-story The Departure win the YPRL Write Now! Short Story Award in 2016. It is equally as great for that story to be featured nationally among other winning pieces in the 2016 Award Winning Australian Writing anthology. Pick up a copy, here.