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A Garden of Lilies

It’s here at last! And it’s so pretty! a garden of lilies cover final

A Garden of Lilies was the discouraging book that Stella’s Aunts gave her to read in Wormwood Mire. And now you can be discouraged in exactly the same way that Stella was!

I will be at the Eltham Bookshop this Sunday (November 26) at 3pm to talk about the book. If you’re in Melbourne, why not come along? It’s $25, and you get a copy of the book, plus activities and biscuits!!

Ring the bookshop to book, on 9439 8700.



Book Launch! Hooray!



I’ve been busy, during the last few months, working hard on the sequel to Withering-by-sea. In the story, Stella has been sent away by her Aunt to stay with some cousins and their governess in a house in the country, in the middle of an overgrown garden. And there’s something lurking in the lake…

In the meantime, click here to see a trailer for the US edition of Withering-by-Sea, which is out in March 2016.


Aunt DeliveranceSuch happy news this week, Withering-by-Sea was awarded an Honour Book in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards. Yay for Stella and Aunt Deliverance. You can see how happy she looks.

It has also been awarded the ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children, the Indies Award for Children and YA, and was shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards and the Davitt Awards.

I’m so grateful and happy about how well the book is doing. Lots of lovely feedback from readers! I’m busy writing book 2 right now, I’m about half way. Working hard…

Great news!

withering front cover

Great news! I’m very happy that Withering-by-Sea has been shortlisted for the Independent Bookshop Awards for 2015. Yay! Here is the link. Thank you Independent Bookshops of Australia!! 🙂

It’s arrived!

I wasn’t expecting this for another month or so, but an advance copy arrived in the mail today. It looks lovely! I’m so happy with it. Check out the gorgeous ribbon! It’s going to be out here in Australia (published by ABC Books) in November, yay, and in the USA (by Atheneum books), in 2016. 

new withering book withering inside


Withering by Sea cover imageI’ve been working hard over the last few months, finishing up my new novel, Withering-by-Sea. Here’s the cover! I’m super proud of this book. It’s off to the printers this week, and will be published in Australia in November, by ABC Books. I can’t wait! My obsession with Victoriana has found an outlet at last!