Kathy Smith inherited her home from her parents and has lived there on and off all of her life currently with her nineteen-year-old son, Robert. He is about to spread his wings and move to a unit a mere stone’s throw from Smith Street. Robert’s adventures with his unsavoury and devious mate, Bazza, cause major problems for him and his mum. In a nearby home lives John, who has lived a life of near solitude in order to keep his homosexuality a secret. Nothing happens in the immediate vicinity of John’s home without him knowing, and he’s quick to pass news to his long-suffering friend, Helen, who lives farther up the street. His next-door neighbours, the Cabots, live a private life that comes to a dramatic climax. Meanwhile, elderly sisters Mary and Betty, who have lived decades in their now-dilapidated mansion, experience a sudden tragedy.
Poignant and gently humorous, this novel presents a moving portrait of the residents of one street in a small Tasmanian town.
Thirty years later, and Frances and her husband live in Hillcrest View, the Richardson’s family home. It is here that a mother’s worst nightmare occurs – the unsolved disappearance of her child Steven. A series of bushfires that threaten Harrison’s Way makes the hot summer of 1964 even hotter. Are these the natural by-product of the hot Tasmanian summers – or is it an arsonist at work?
In the days of a new millennium, Frances now faces life in a nursing home as she battles the scourge of dementia. Susanne, her widowed daughter, has challenges of her own with a new beau, who may not be all he seems. Frances, despite her fleeting grip on reality, cannot let the past hurts go. What happened to her son?
In The Siding set in the mid 1940’s, the inhabitants of the small, rural town of Moses must fight to keep their passenger–train service. Meanwhile, the wife of one of the protestors struggles with an unexpected pregnancy whilst a young girl goes missing, sparking a search-and-rescue effort.
“Twin Rivers” tells the story of Jessica, a woman raising her son alone in a remote town in south-western Tasmania. The Mayne Hydroelectric dam is on the verge of bursting due to heavy rains. With the help of two Hydro employees, the looming flood disaster is prevented. One of them, Tony, begins to fall for Jessica, but only time will tell if romance will bloom.
In “The Cat Woman,” a rash of horrible cat deaths spooks the picturesque town of Northside, with no indication of who is killing the animals or why. An elderly woman copes with heartbreak and injury whilst rescuing abandoned cats to protect them. Her granddaughter joins forces with the local policeman to track down the killer—but there may be love in the air as well as mystery.
This collection presents a series of dramatic narratives set in the beautiful countryside of Tasmania.