Lizzie's Tale

Lizzie's Tale

by Graham Wilson


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Lizzie's Tale by Graham Wilson

Updated version of the second book in the 'Old Balmain House' Series

Raped and reduced to working in a brothel to keep her baby, unwed, teenage mother, Lizzie, forges a new life for herself and her child in the Kimberley region of Australia. But can she evade her persecutors and ultimately bring to them to justice?

This is a story of a girl from inner Sydney. Her family is poor, her father dies when she is nine, life is hard. But her courage rises above adversity. It is story of her struggle to survive and make a life of her own, first as a prostitute, then with her child in a remote outback town.

This is the second book in the series, "Old Balmain House" and begins in the same house as the first book and continues part of the story of Sophie, the girl who vanished half a century ago. Lizzie, aged eight, meets Sophie, the girl who lived in the same bedroom as a child. Sophie becomes her friend.

When Lizzie turns fifteen Sophie tries to warn her not to go in a car with three older boys.

Lizzie ignores her warning and is brutally raped by these three men.

Lizzie becomes pregnant and is determined to keep her child. She leaves Sydney and goes to Melbourne, to have and keep her baby. Here, penniless and desperate, she become a prostitute the only way she can support herself. She is discovered and the authorities try to take her child.

She flees to Broome, a small town in the furthest corner of of Australia. Here she assumes the role of widow with a small child and settles into this friendly town. Her life is good until a man from her former life finds her and threatens to expose her or harm her child.

She runs again. On a remote desert road her car breaks down. Without water, with her six year old daughter beside her, they face death from thirst. Help comes in an unexpected way. She takes refuge in a local aboriginal community.

Her school friend from Balmain, now a journalist, seeks retribution from the the men who raped Lizzie many years ago and have continued their ways with others. Now, as successful business men, they seek to use the law to deny justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780995431386
Publisher: Biobrokers Pty Ltd
Publication date: 08/03/2017
Series: Old balmain House , #2
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Graham Wilson lives in Sydney Australia. He has completed and published nine separate books.

They comprise two series,
1. The Old Balmain House Series - three novels
2 The Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series - five novels along with a family memoir, Children of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope

The Old Balmain House Series starts with this novel, Little Lost Girl, which was previously titled, The Old Balmain House. Its setting is an old weatherboard cottage, in Sydney, where the author lived for seven years. Here a photo was discovered of a small girl who lived and died about 100 years ago. The book imagines the story of her life and family, based in the real Balmain, an early inner Sydney suburb, with its locations and historical events providing part of the story background. The second novel in this series, Lizzie's Tale, builds on the Balmain house setting, It is the story of a working class teenage girl who lives in this same house in the 1950s and 1960s, It tells of how, when pregnant, she is determined not to surrender her baby for adoption and of her struggle to survive in this unforgiving society. The third novel in this series, Devil's Choice, follows the next generation of the family in Lizzie's Tale. Lizzie's daughter is faced with the awful choice of whether to seek the help of one of her mother's rapists' in trying to save the life of her own daughter who is inflicted with an incurable disease.

The Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series is an Outback Noir story of 5 novels about an English backpacker whose Australian holiday turns into a terrifying nightmare, when she discovers the man she is involved with hides dark secrets and she must escape.

Graham writes for the creative pleasure it brings him. He is particularly gratified each time an unknown person chooses to download and read something he has written and write a review - good or bad, as this gives him an insight into what readers enjoy and helps him make ongoing improvements to his writing.

In his non writing life Graham is a veterinarian who work in wildlife conservation and for rural landholders. He lived a large part of his life in the Northern Territory and his books reflect this experience,

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Lizzie's Tale 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
GaryS1 More than 1 year ago
A more complex story than the Old Balmain House and really loved it - even better
AmandaR1 More than 1 year ago
I first read The Old Balmain House and loved it. Now the second book in this series has come out and I have read and enjoyed it equally. It is a very different story to the first book but very moving, particularly as this poor girl struggles to survive in a hard and unforgiving society. Anyway another great read by a newly discovered author who has become a favourite
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truly inspiring story, brought tears to my eyes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the Old Balmain House first and liked it very much so decided to read the second book Lizzie's Tale and enjoyed it even more.You do not have to read the first book to understand the second because they are entirely different .It sometimes very hard to read because it is a story of struggle, hardship and contains some violence but I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty good story, but it has no conclusion. No justice is served. It just ends. There are errors galore. Missing words, misspelled words, lack of punctuation -- at least one per page. One good point: This book is free. All I wasted was time.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better than the first book in the series, Old Balmain House - a really good and moving story - almost gave it 5 stars which I almost never but not quite as a bit more editing needed in a couple places
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing story, couldn't put it down . The author has written one of the best books I have read of this type. I was critical of the series he wrote at first but he has grown to be a favorite of mine. A dramatic, fast paced loving and exciting story. Well done Sir. G-ma Sandy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What might happen to her next?? She makes a much better life for herself but a few years later the same men find her again!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first book of this series and loved it. This one was just as good. So good, i don't want the story to end. These two books will stay with me for a while.
Musicmans_wife More than 1 year ago
More drama, sadness & darkness than I personally like in a book. I primarily read romance and this had some romance but more of other things.