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 six books, published by Smashwords.

The first, a novel called "The Old Balmain House" is based on an old a weatherboard cottage in Sydney where he 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 real locatons 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 she becomes pregnant she is determined not to surrender her baby for adoption, and her struggle to survive in this unforgiving society.

Graham has also written a family memoir "Children of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope." 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.

He has also written the first three of a series of five novels based in Outback Australia, called the Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series. The first novel "Just Visiting." tells the story of an English backpacker 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 the main character being placed on trial for murder. The third book, "The Empty Place" is about the struggle of the main character 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. Two further books in 2015 will conclude this series, "The Lost Girls" and "Where Sunlit Shadows Dance."

Graham is in the early stages of planning a memoir about his family's connections with Ireland called "Memories Only Remain"

In his non writing life he is a wildlife veterinarian working with zoo animals and on national parks.

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Reviews

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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