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Treasures from Suitcase of Dreams

I’ve been asked about the inspiration behind Suitcase of Dreams. As you know the book is inspired by my grandmother’s stories of life in Australia as a migrant in the 1950s. I wanted Suitcase of Dreams to feel authentic to the migrant experience of the 1950s and 60s and many of the events in the… Read more

Suitcase of Dreams – Letters from the Vietnam War

While researching ‘Suitcase of Dreams’ I was interested to learn more about the Vietnam War, especially from the Australian perspective. As the war progressed, our presence in Vietnam increased¬† and the anti-war protests of the late sixties became famous. Less well known is the reception our soldiers received when they returned home from a very… Read more

Australia in the 1960s – Researching ‘Suitcase of Dreams’

I’ve always loved anything to do with the 1960s, especially the fashions, music and the burgeoning feminist movement but I didn’t realise until I began researching ‘Suitcase of Dreams’, what a fascinating period it was here in Australia. The 50s and 60s were smack bang in an intense period of the Cold War. When I… Read more

Suitcase of Dreams

I’m excited to reveal the gorgeous cover and title of my next book! Suitcase of Dreams tells the story of Lotte and her family’s immigration and new life in Australia after leaving post-war Germany in the 1950s. Suitcase of Dreams will be released in November 2018. Here’s a little blurb to tantalise for now… but… Read more

2018 ABIAs

This article in the Sydney Morning Herald/Melbourne Age¬† – Spectrum on 28/4/2018, a few days before the ABIAs, was written about the five authors and their novels shortlisted for the Matt Richell New Writer of the Year Award. It was amazing to see a write up about ‘The Girl from Munich’!

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