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Book Title: The Old Balmain House|
The author of the book: Graham Wilson
Edition: BeyondBeyond Books
Date of issue: October 5th 2011
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Sophie vanished - where did she go? For 100 years nobody knows.
Who was Sophie and what happened to her? On buying an old weatherboard house in Balmain, Sydney, we discover her photo, dated 1900-1908. It has been hidden, along with a small perfume bottle in an old fireplace for a century.
We find out Sophie disappeared with a childhood friend in 1908 and was never seem again, leaving a trail of sadness through generations of her family.
This book tracks the journey of the discovery of Sophie and her family, from their first arrival in Sydney, over five generations of the family, until the mystery is finally laid to rest.
It is a story of loss and grief, mixed with joy, which passes through the successive generations of a family. The way the family deals with unresolved tragedy and finally the the way their love transcends time is the story from which the real Sophie emerges.
Set around beautiful Sydney Harbor this is a story of this place and its people, a story of starting in early Australia and running through to the present day.
Graham Wilson, the author, lived in the house in Balmain on which this story is based for seven years. This is his first novel.
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Read information about the authorGraham Wilson lives in Sydney Australia.
He has completed and published ten separate books, and several combined novel box sets. They comprise two series,
1. The Old Balmain House Series
2. The Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series
along with a family memoir. Arnhem's Kaleidoscope Children. This tells of his family's life in an aboriginal community the Northern Territory's remote Arnhem Land. It chronicles an idyllic childhood, 50 years of change with aboriginal land rights and discovery or uranium. It also tells of his surviving an attack by a large crocodile and of his work over two decades in the outback of the NT. This book is available for free at this link
His 'Old Balmain House' Series starts with 'Little Lost Girl', his most widely read book which for much of the last two years it has ranked 1 or 2 on Amazon Kindle for Australian Historical Fiction in the US and UK.
The story is based on an old a weatherboard cottage in Sydney where a photo was found of a small girl who lived and died 100 years ago. The book imagines her life and family, based in Balmain, inner Sydney, with it's locations and and history providing background. The second novel in this series, Lizzie's Tale" builds on the Balmain setting in a story of a working class teenage girl who lives in this same house in the 1950s and 1960s, It tells how, when pregnant from rape, 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 when Lizzie's daughter is faced with the awful choice of whether to seek help of one of her mother's rapists' to save the life of her daughter inflicted with an incurable disease.
The Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series of five novels is set in Outback Australia. The first novel 'Just Visiting' tells of Susan, an English backpacker, who visits the Northern Territory and is captivated and in great danger from a man who loves crocodiles. It has parallels with the Joanne Lees and Wolfe Creek stories in the Outback Noir genre. It uses the author's real life experience and knowledge of these locations to build a plausible and authentic story. The next book 'The Diary' follows the consequences of the first book based around the discovery of this man's remains and Susan, being placed on trial for murder. Book 3, 'The Empty Place' is about Susan's struggle to retain her sanity in jail while her family and friends desperately try to find out what really happened on that fateful day before it is too late. In Book 4, 'Lost Girls' Susan vanishes with a search for her and four other lost girls whose passports were found in the possession of the man she killed. The final book, 'Sunlit Shadow Dance' is of a girl who appears in a remote aboriginal community in North Queensland, without any memory except for a name. It tells how she rebuilds her life from an empty shell and how, as fragments of the past return, with them come dark shadows that threaten to overwhelm her. There is also a recently published Series prequel 'Return of the Breaker' which tells of the earlier life of the other main character, Mark.
Books are published as ebooks by Smashwords, Amazon, Kobo, Ibooks and other major ebook publishers. Some books are available in print through Amazon Create Space, Ingram Spark and in local bookshops.
Graham is in the early stages of planning a memoir about his family's connections with Ireland called "Memories Only Remain" and also is compiling information for a book about the early NT cattle industry, its people and its stories.
Graham writes for the creative pleasure it brings him. He is particularly gratified each time an unknown person reads and enjoys what he had written
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