Dell Brand


Dell Brand grew up in Sydney, attending North Sydney Girls High School, Sydney University (BEd & MA) and Wollongong University (PhD). She taught in state high schools during her working life, teaching Physical and Health Education. She was recognised with the Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Outstanding Achievement in Education Award from the Australian College of Education.

She has always had a keen interest in children with challenging behaviours, and worked for a number of years with a wilderness-enhanced program aimed at turning around young people’s lives. This formed the basis of her thesis. As a teacher in this program, she involved herself in many of her recreational passions including abseiling, rock-climbing, wilderness trekking, canyoning and canoeing. In recent years, she has developed a particular interest in family history and history in general.

Dell is also a part-time journalist and has been published by a number of editors in Australia and abroad. She wrote her first children’s book, History’s a Mystery, in 2010. Due to its success, three more followed. She uses her own travel experiences to write first-hand about places she has seen and people she has met. Some of these places find their way into her books.
Now she is writing adult novels and her first two, ‘A Voice to be Heard’ and ‘Cry to the Wind’ are set in early Melbourne.

Dell loves the outdoors, especially the wilderness. In her younger years she was a keen swimmer and an A grade squash player. She now enjoys all outdoor pursuits and tries to play golf regularly. She has a wonderful family, with two grown-up children and five funtastic grandchildren. She lives on the south coast of New South Wales.

Where to find Dell Brand online

Where to buy in print


Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 96,560. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
The story of a young girl, Stina, who emigrates from Sweden to Australia in 1872. she left behind a famine in her native land but soon found that life in her new country presented her with all kinds of new hardships.
Journey into Darkness
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 102,120. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Kit Markham flees to England in 1855. She is determined to stay away long enough to regain control over her future. The Crimean War is drawing to a close in Europe and nurses are needed on the hospital ships bringing the wounded back to Britain. Kit volunteers.After caring for him she realises a calling to train as a doctor and travels to America where she becomes embroiled in the US Civil War.
The Weif
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 100,750. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
The Weif is a sweeping story of servitude and the struggle for freedom, of the law and its cruel inequities, of the privations and harshness of a rugged new land and of a brother and sister’s fragile hold on life during the tumultuous early years of settlement in Australia.
Winfale Park
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 65,650. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Winfale Park is a personal and emotional home-grown Australian drama about a group of strangers linked only by a surname, who come to remember the meaning of family and why they should do whatever it takes to stay together.
Cry to the Wind
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 105,510. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
An epic story of life and death amid the turbulent years of the Victorian gold rush of Australia, narrated by the three main characters. With Victoria attaining its statehood and the gold rush gaining momentum, Joey Gower puts her energy and her fortune into further expanding her growing empire, opening a string of general stores and two hotels in the goldfields.
A Voice to be Heard
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 135,400. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
The story of two young women determined to live outside the confines of the Victorian Age and who have a lasting impact on the fledgling town of Melbourne.