Child of Mine by Janita Cunnington
It is the biblical choice of Solomon – a tug-of-war and of love between two mothers, one the birth mother who doesn’t want the responsibility of caring for the child, and one the mother in name only who nevertheless steps up into the role of carer. In Child of Mine (Bantam 2018), author Janita Cunnington explores the complicated question of who has the moral right to parent. Set between 1959 and 2000, but with the 1974 Brisbane floods as central to the story, the landscape and environment of this novel will be familiar and authentic to anyone from south-east Queensland.
The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion
The Rosie Result (Text Publishing 2019) is the third in the series about quirky and
eccentric Professor of Genetics Don Tillman and his partner Rosie. Back in Australia
and attempting to set up the world’s best cocktail bar, Don and Rosie navigate the
difficulties of parenting their endearing 11-year-old son, Hudson, who is struggling with school and friendships. Is Hudson autistic? Is Don autistic? What are the implications of that label? And in the end, does it really matter? Shouldn’t we embrace difference and diversity and challenge stereotypes? The Rosie Result is an entertaining and hilarious adventure that explores important and controversial issues, featuring the characters we know and love.
Cass Moriarty will be in conversation with Graeme Simsion for the launch of The Rosie Result on the 18th of February. Find out more here.
Cedar Valley by Holly Throsby
Cedar Valley (Allen and Unwin 2018) by Holly Throsby is a small Australian town
brimming with secrets, lies and innuendo. When two strangers arrive on the same day in 1993, the gossip begins in earnest. An old-fashioned, well-dressed man arrives in town and sits unmoving for hours outside the antiques shop. Is there a connection
between him and the arrival of Benny Miller, searching for answers to her mother’s
life? This is a novel that depicts rural community life with pitch-perfect precision, a
sharp wit, a keen observation of human behaviour and a page-turning pace.