It's the hip 1950s on Sydney's shimmering harbour, but how do you reconcile a past that gave — and stole — so much?
Tina runs Tempo jazz club at shady Kings Cross, keeping secrets with, and from, her beguiling boss Jimmy. And from her lonely husband.
Harry yearns to forget his days in a Singapore prison camp, yet his friends won't let him. Nor will his conscience.
Ex-pilot Billie now works at the flying-boat base. When her old lover Pete turns up with a new wife there's a lot she prefers to conceal. Even from herself.
Yvonne rebuilds a life by the harbour with her beloved Klara. But secrets emerge when she publishes Harry's war memoir, and then no one can postpone the reckoning.
I grew up in country Speers Point, NSW, Australia. My background is in science and technology, but in 2000 I ran across the story of the charmed life of an old Broome pearling lugger, and discovered the joys of historical research and writing. My first book, Redbill, won the Western Australian Premier's Book Award for Non-Fiction. My second book, Alan Villiers, won the Mountbatten Maritime Award, and my novels include Silver Highways, The Turning Tide, Atomic Sea, Testing the Limits and Embers at Midnight. I now live in green South Gippsland, Victoria.