Author(s): Joanne Horniman
The house is a crumbling two-storey weatherboard place, a guest house, of the cheapest and shabbiest kind. But there is something magical and other-worldly about it. Because it's on the river, in that place where earth and water meet, it sits on a threshold, a margin, a place of change. And it was in this muddy, watery place where transformations are said to occur that I dreamed I might one day be transformed.And so this is my story. I will make it something after my own heart, tender and dark, a little candlelight novel, started this late summer night as my baby daughter sleeps in the big bed in the corner, and my sister Kate leans thoughtful and sleepless against the railing of the dark verandah outside A sensuous, evocative companion to the award-winning and highly acclaimed Secret Scribbled Notebooks.Reviews of Secret Scribbled Notebooks:'A deeply satisfying novel on every level ...understated and beautifully written.' - Viewpoint'Kate's emotions, her thoughts and her honesty are transfixing. Horniman captures the anxiety and possibility of the cusp of adulthood, using elegant, evocative prose.' - Weekend Australianive prose.'Weekend Australian
Shortlisted for NSW Premier's Literary Award Ethel Turner Prize 2009.
Joanne Horniman has spent most of her life in New South Wales, apart from a few years in Sydney and some time travelling overseas. She has worked as an editor, teacher and artist -- some of the posters she helped produce are in the Australian National Gallery. She lives outside Lismore in a house and workshop she and her partner built themselves, and has two sons. Everyone in the family plays music apart from Joanne, and she says 'the rural peace is sometimes shattered by teenage boys jamming in the workshop'. As well as writing and reading she likes to propagate rainforest trees, practise yoga, grow vegetables and walk along the beach.