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PanMacmillan Australia, 2002 Spin Cycle
It’s Monday morning and this twice divorced mother of three has locked herself in the laundry to lament the monotony of her life. It just goes to show that you should always be careful what you wish for. Within hours her life is spinning out of control in a flurry of family revelations, friendship crises, work debacles and the inexplicable deaths of her children’s pets. All in the same week as she sacks her therapist. After all, why pay someone else to make you feel miserable when your friends and family can do it for free?

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Pan Macmillan Australia, 2004 Drip Dry
She’s back! New, improved and stronger than ever - but still struggling to keep her head above water, even in the bath. And what a week it is - there’s one wedding, two babies, three engagements and four birthdays. Then Alex’s long awaited return from overseas heralds VERY unexpected results. Along the way there’s an infectious disease outbreak, a mysterious death in the family, a broken nose, a bruised rump and several bruised egos. Can life get more frenetic than this?

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Pan Macmillan Australia, 2005 Odd Socks
Yet another celebration of hectic normality that proves once again that our suburbs are rich with fascinating characters and madcap events. But this time the focus is on Camilla Riley’s best friend - Teresa Diamond. And Terry is everything that Camilla is not: she’s tall, slim, confident, compulsively fastidious, and has a chest that could stop traffic - or at least do wonders for airbag design. She’s also in a rut about the same size as the Grand Canyon both at work and at home, But all that’s about to change as she falls in love for the first time in her life - twice.

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Pan Macmillan Australia, 2006 Each Way Bet
It’s Melbourne Cup day and the Broadhurst sisters are having an each way bet by trading places. But the odds are against them when their family gets together and they have to cope with predatory females, elusive pregnancy tests, midnight breast examinations and a three-year old with a severe case of potty mouth. Will they make it to the home stretch? Will the Easter Bunny get his man? Will their mother crochet herself into oblivion? Spend a madcap Melbourne Cup day with these sisters  and find out if the race that stops a nation can get things back on track.

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Pan Macmillan Australia, 2007Flying the Coop
All Chris wanted to do was teach her ex-husband a lesson, but somehow she ends up with a free range chook farm - when her only poultry experience is a childhood rooster that was repeatedly violated by the resident rabbit. So soon Chris finds herself in the country. Where the neighbours have deep secrets, her teenage daughter is bent on world domination, the bookkeeper is bent on revenge, and the alpaca is psychotic. By flying the coop she may have put all her eggs in one basket.And they’re each about to hatch.

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Pan Macmillan Australia, 2007 Broken
As opposed to the other novels above, Broken is not light fiction. Instead it introduces Mattie Hampton, a woman who has just left her husband but is still desperately trying to find ways to mend her broken marriage. While Jake, Mattie’s husband, gravitates between understanding and frustration, and their two small children try to make sense of the separation, Mattie begins a physical and emotional journey that will ultimately see her committing the unthinkable.

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Pan Macmillan Australia, 2009 The Family Tree
Kate Painter always wanted to be a writer, but life just got in the way.  Now however,  as the events of one traumatic year reverberate through her family, she rather unexpectedly gets her wish.  But life continues to trip her up and she soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, including her family tree.

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Pan Macmillan Australia, 2010 Sticks & Stones
Mattie Hampton is back in this sequel to Broken - but six years have passed and a lot has changed, including her name, her address and her sense of self. Then one day she sees a face in a crowd and soon realises that it doesn’t matter how many years pass, or how much distance is created - some things never change at all.

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available in ebook only - January 2012 ones a poner time
An entertaining cocktail of short stories born from half a century (and counting) of memories and musings. Two parts comedy and one part drama, with just a dollop of farce (because that’s life), this book is best enjoyed while curled up on the couch with a box of chocolates. 

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Description of photo hereNefarious Doings 
For Nell Forrest, life in the little town of Majic is not going smoothly. One of her five daughters has just swapped university for fruit-picking, another is about to hit puberty, while a third is suffering from middle-child syndrome. And it's only been a few months since Nell lost her husband of twenty-five years. It's no surprise, then, that she is even struggling to write her weekly column. But the floodgates of inspiration are about to open with a vengeance. Murder and mayhem, arson and adultery, dungeons and death threats - plus a detective who is getting a little closer than he should. It's soon clear that nefarious doings are well and truly afoot.
 

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Ill Gotten Gains
The country town of Majic is about to celebrate a milestone. It’s been 150 years since the founding father, Petar Majic, rode into the bush after a liquid lunch, vowing to build a house at whatever spot he reached by sunset. However, what happened next isn’t quite what town legend would have you believe. Secrets hidden for over a century slowly emerge and local columnist Nell Forrest will needs her wits about her as the mystery of Majic casts its shadow into the present day, putting her family in grave danger. It's a race against time, literally.

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Forbidden Fruit
Planting a tree in the backyard doesn't usually unearth the remains of a former resident. But now amateur sleuth Nell Forrest has the police on her doorstep, a television crew next door, and once again she's in the middle of a murder investigation. But this time it's personal - so personal that it brings her long-estranged father back into the family fold, along with some very uncomfortable revelations about the proclivities of her parents when they were young. Who would have thought that the little town of Majic had ever been such a swinging place to live?

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Description of photo hereDastardly Deeds
It was supposed to be the holiday of a lifetime …
When Nell Forrest’s life hits a speed bump (which is most definitely not a midlife crisis) a cruise around the Mediterranean seems like just the ticket. Unfortunately, that’s an idea shared by her mother, her ex-husband, his new partner, and a police detective with whom Nell has a stormy history. Fortunately, meditation is just one of the many activities offered aboard the luxury liner, but Nell will need more than that to face what lies ahead. One of her shipmates is a cold-blooded murderer and they, like the cruise, have only just begun...


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And some articles! 

Balls, an optional extra (Online Opinion, June 2012)

Would you describe this image as 'grotesque'? (Mamamia, September 2012)

Are you invisible too? (The Hoopla, January 2013)

The Cost of Caring (The Hoopla, February 2013)

Should you forgive if you can't forget? (Huffington Post, February 2016)


 
 
 
   
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