Mowbray Brothers

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Saturday night, summer of 1920. Mowbray Park is where the local lads go for a laugh, a beer, and a smoke. Eight-year-old Lucky sneaks out of bed to discover his brother and hero has taken a dare that could cost much more than his one shilling bet. More
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About Debbie Terranova

Debbie Terranova is a writer of contemporary and historical fiction and non-fiction with a distinctly Australian flavour. Eras of particular interest are the roaring 20s, the Second World War in Australia, and the vibrant free-wheeling 1970s.

In 2018, she was awarded a Q ANZAC 100 Fellowship from the State Library of Queensland for her project entitled 'Queensland Women and War: a multicultural perspective'.

'Enemies Within These Shores' (2017) is historical fiction, based on the true story of her Italian father-in-law, a cane farmer who was interned in Australia during World War II.

The Brisbane Mysteries, 'Baby Farm' (2014) and 'The Scarlet Key' (2016), feature veteran reporter, Seth VerBeek, and his smart young sidekick, Cate Bradshaw. With countless plot twists and surprises, you'll be guessing until the very end.

'Mowbray Brothers' and 'Mischief' are prize-winning short fiction pieces.

Debbie is a member of the Australian Society of Authors and the Queensland Writers Centre. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Queensland, and is a human resources professional.

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Review by: theunreliablenarrator on Aug. 31, 2014 :
Debbie Terranova is an engaging writer, able to bring to life 1920s Brisbane in this evocative short story.
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Review by: Ruth Bonetti on Aug. 9, 2014 :
This descriptive and evocative story brings back the era of two boys growing up in 1920s Brisbane.
For a few paragraphs we fear tragedy may lie ahead, and we hold our breath for in a short time we have come to know and like the characters. But this is a rite of passage story about an eight-year old who is propelled to learn to swim. Lucky is a likeable lad with home-cropped straw-coloured hair and freckles; we feel the relief as 'the balm of the river doused the sunburn sting on his legs and back.'
Debbie Terranova draws on all the senses to evoke her scenes; the sounds vary from slap of the tide to the treadle sewing machine's clatter, the click-clack of scissors; the World War 1 songs. There are the aromas; of rotting mangoes, of tobacco, hops and sweat; 'herbal breath' of the mangroves. And the tactile; the sticky heat, the moss-green slime, the brackish water.
These, and the characters, make for an enjoyable read.
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