"A relevant, enjoyable read for all women, and for men who seek to understand them" Good Reading
"In a word: inspiring." Herald Sun
It's almost forty years since the three ex-convent girls left school and went their separate ways, but finally they meet again.Bonnie, rocked by the death of her husband, is back in Australia after decades in Europe, and is discovering that while financial security eliminates worry, it doesn't guarantee a fulfilling life. Fran, long divorced, is a struggling freelance food writer, battling with her diet, her bank balance, and her relationship with her adult children. And Sylvia, marooned in a long and passionless marriage to an ambitious Anglican minister, is facing a crisis that will crack her world wide open.
Together again, sharing their past lives, secrets, aspirations and deepest fears, Bonnie, Fran and Sylvia embark on a creative venture that will challenge everything they thought they knew about themselves-and give them more second chances than they ever could have imagined.
PRAISE FOR LIZ BYRSKI
"Her plots and characters get stronger with each book" The Sydney Morning Herald
"Liz Byrski has a guaranteed cheer squad for her novels which champion...women taking charge of their life and growing old creatively" Daily Telegraph
Fans of Monica McInerney, Liane Moriarty and Joanna Trollope will love Liz Byrski.
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About the Author
Liz Byrski is a West Australian writer, journalist and broadcaster. She is the author of a number of books on social issues and her work has appeared in national and international publications. Liz has won several awards for radio and print journalism, and until recently was a broadcaster with ABC Radio in Perth. She teaches writing and journalism at Curtin University, and is also the author of Gang of Four.
Liz Byrski is a novelist, non-fiction writer, former journalist and ABC broadcaster, with more that fifty years experience in the British and Australian media. She is the author of ten bestselling novels, including Gang of Four, Family Secrets, The Woman Next Door, and her most recent release, A Month of Sundays. She is also the author of a dozen non-fiction books including the popular memoir, Remember Me; Getting On: Some Thoughts on Women and Ageing and In Love and War: Nursing Heroes.
Liz's books have been published in the UK, France and Germany and her articles and essays have appeared in national and international publications. She has won several awards for her work as a print and radio journalist. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University.
Liz was born in London in 1944 and lived in England until 1981, when she moved to Western Australia with her family. She now lives close to Fremantle and enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, writing, movies, swimming and walking her dog.
Liz Byrski publications
A Month of Sundays, Pan Macmillan Australia, 2018
The Woman Next Door, Pan Macmillan Australia 2016
Family Secrets, Pan Macmillan Australia, 2014
In the Company of Strangers, Pan Macmillan Australia, 2012
Last Chance Café, Pan Macmillan Australia, 2011
Bad Behaviour, Pan Macmillan Australia, 2009
Trip of a Lifetime, Pan Macmillan Australia, 2007
Belly Dancing for Beginners, Pan Macmillan Australia, 2006
Food, Sex and Money, Pan Macmillan Australia, 2005
Gang of Four, Pan Macmillan Australia, 2004
In Love and War: Nursing Heroes, Fremantle Press, 2015
Getting On: Some Thoughts on Women and Ageing, Momentum Books, 2012
Remember Me, Fremantle Press, 2001
Speaking Out: Australian Women Talk About Success, New Holland, 1999.
Western Australia: Land of Contrasts, New Holland, 1998
The Way Ahead: Prominent Australians talk about the future of our nation, New Holland, 1998
Spectacular Australian Sea Rescues, New Holland, 1997
Facing Cancer: Searching for solutions, Collins, 1989
Under the Influence: Growing up in alcoholic families, Collins Dove,1988
Pills, Potions, People: Understanding the drug problem, Collins Dove,1986
Workwise: Getting a job and starting out, Nelson,1985
Behind the Bedroom Door, Veritas, 1985
'Everyday Sadness', Women of a Certain Age. Eds. Skoda, M. Mofatt, J. Sullivan, S. Freemantle Press, 2018.
'The Maiden Aunts', Purple Prose: Australian women writers talk about the colour purple. Eds. Byrski, L.&Robertson, R. Fremantle Press, 2016.
'Friendship - In Several Painful Lessons', Just Between Us: Australian writers tell the truth about female friendship, Eds: Linden M, Sved M, Neiman C, Scott M, Kon-yu N, Pan Macmillan Australia, 2013.
'Introduction', Summer Lovin', Fremantle Press, 2013
'Introduction', Sunscreen and Lipstick, Fremantle Press, 2012.
'The Man Who Wasn't There', Lines in the Sand, Eds: Van Loon J&Phillips G, Fellowship of Australian Writers, WA, 2008
'Remember Me?', Single Woman of a Certain Age, Ed: Ganahl J,
Indian Ocean Publishing, San Francisco, 2005
'Feminism, Fiction and the Phoney War on Ageing', Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism, Eds: Whelehan I&Gwynne J, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
'Co-Dependent: Is That What I Am?', Perspectives on Addiction, Eds. Celia Wilkinson&Bill Saunders. William Montgomery Pty. Ltd. 1996
Refereed journal articles
'Emotional labour as war work: women up close and personal with McIndoe's guinea pigs', Women's History Review, 21:3, July, Routledge, 2012
'Getting noticed: representing older women in Australian popular fiction', Australian Studies Journal, Vol. I, 2010