The Old Balmain House

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Sophie vanished - where did she go? For 100 years nobody knows.

A photo of 8 year old Sophie and an antique perfume bottle are found in the fireplace of an old house.

The story of a Balmain family over 170 years. Finally they uncover what happened.

Set around beautiful Sydney Harbour this is a story of this place and its people, an imagined history from early Australia to the present day More
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Words: 59,040
Language: English
ISBN: 9780987197115
About Graham Wilson

Graham Wilson lives in Sydney Australia. He has completed and published eight books, published by Smashwords. They comprise two series, The Old Balmain House Series and the Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series along with a family memoir. Children of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope.

The first series starts with a novel called "The Old Balmain House" based on an old a weatherboard cottage in Sydney where the author lived. Here a photo was discovered of a small girl who lived and died about 100 years ago. The book imagines the story of her life and family, based in the real Balmain, an early inner Sydney suburb, with it's locations and and historical events providing part of the story background. The second novel in this series, Lizzie's Tale" builds on "The Old Balmain House" setting, It is the story of a working class teenage girl who lives in this same house in the 1950s and 1960s, It tells of how, when she becomes pregnant she is determined not to surrender her baby for adoption, and of her struggle to survive in this unforgiving society. The third novel in this series, Devil's Choice, follows the next generation of the family in Lizzie's Tale. Lizzie's daughter is faced with the awful choice of whether to seek the help of one of her mother's rapists' in trying to save the life of her own daughter who is inflicted with an incurable disease.

The Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series comprises five novels based in Outback Australia. The first novel "Just Visiting." tells the story of an English backpacker, Susan, who visits the Northern Territory and becomes captivated and in great danger from a man who loves crocodiles. The second book in the series, "The Diary" follows the consequences of the first book based around the discovery of this man's remains and his diary and Susan, being placed on trial for murder. The third book, "The Empty Place" is about Susan's struggle to retain her sanity in jail while her family and friends desperately try to find out what really happened on that fateful day before it is too late. In "The Lost Girls" Susan vanishes and it tells the story of the search for her and four other lost girls whose passports were found in the possession of the man she killed. The final book in the series, "Sunlit Shadow Dance" is scheduled for release in late 2015. A preview of the first part is currently available on this site.

The book, "Children of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope" is the story of the author's own life in the Northern Territory. It tells of his childhood in an aboriginal community in remote Arnhem Land, in Australia's Northern Territory, one of its last frontiers. It tells of the people, danger and beauty of this place, and of its transformation over the last half century with the coming of aboriginal rights and the discovery or uranium. It also tells of his surviving an attack by a large crocodile and of his work over two decades in the outback of the NT.

Graham is in the early stages of planning a memoir about his family's connections with Ireland called "Memories Only Remain" and also is compiling information for a book about the early NT cattle industry, its people and its stories,

Graham writes mostly for the creative pleasure it brings him. He is particularly gratified each time an unknown person chooses to download and read something he has written and write a review - good or bad, as this gives him an insight into what readers enjoy and helps him make ongoing improvements to his writing.

In his non writing life he is a veterinarian working with farmers, as well as wild animals and in conservation across Australia

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Review by: Amanda Ryan on Nov. 10, 2013 :
I loved this book.It is one of those books that is both beautiful and sad at the same time, so poignant and moving as the story comes together.

It will live in my mind as one of the loveliest books I have read this year.
A simple family story and yet with much more besides.

I really encourage others to read and keep reading. The second half of this story is wonderful
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sokha Pawson on Nov. 04, 2012 :
A truly gorgeous love story with characters so real you feel you know them as friends.Set in a vividly drawn early Sydney this story of heartbreak love courage and hope springs to life as it tells just what it meant to try and struggle free from a convict heritage .Handsomely researched this was a great read.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jason Smith on Sep. 20, 2012 :
While it took me a little while to get into, once I did I really enjoyed and found myself very moved by the later parts of the story as the parents search for their lost child and finally her distant descendants discover what happened.

Also as someone who has visited Balmain I enjoyed the descriptions of this historic part of Sydney.

Overall a lovely little book with a good feel and well worth reading
(review of free book)

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