'Violet' is based on the life of Violet Constance Guy, who in her 90’s was just another quiet elderly person in a New Zealand rest home, her story partly known by a few and soon to be forgotten by all.
From a life on a rubber plantation in the times of the early European settlement of Malaysia, boarding school in Singapore and a voyage on a Japanese freighter into war time England, Violet is a story of strength, sadness, courage and determination. It is a vivid illustration of how a positive attitude to life can overcome adversity.
It is also an account of servitude, suffrage and strength of women in the early 1900's. It serves as a reminder for us to applaud the efforts of the people who came before us and appreciate the difficulties they faced as well as the inventions and discoveries of the things that we now take for granted.
Family history is a tangle of half remembered events. 'Violet' is recorded as a historical narrative with family stories interwoven with characters and events that existed in the times. 'Violet' will touch your heart and inspire you to ask questions of the ones you love and to keep their stories alive for future generations.
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About the Author
Dianne Barr was born in England and emigrated to New Zealand while young. For some years Dianne used pottery and sculpture as her creative outlet, selling and exhibiting her work in Auckland and around the country. Now living in Melbourne she is finding time to follow her love of the written word. Her first book, Beam Me Back To Venus was the result of years of writing humorous poetry for friends and family events. Her inspiration was from English poet Pam Ayers, whose work she had enjoyed for many years. Being a busy mother, the topic of parenting was a natural source of material. Dianne's first novel, Violet, is a labour of love, aimed at preserving the memory of her husbands grandmother and to serve as a reminder of the strength and courage of generations past that mould the people we are today.