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Ivy and Abe

I’m aware of him looking at me.


The man hadn’t shown himself for months, but only one person owned that helmet and the red Indian Chief motorbike.


From the ages of four to six, I thought I was a dog.

Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables Fight Back

Miss Frost’s first day at Blue Valley School was a remarkably horrible day.

A Wrinkle in Time

It was a dark and stormy night.


Evan’s scuffed knuckles, a fetching post-fight shade of eggplant, ledged the steering wheel.

The Culture Code

Let’s start with a question, which might be the oldest question of all: Why do certain groups add up to be greater than the sum of their parts, while others add up to be less?

Look For Me

Perfect fall day. That was the problem.

The Whole Bright Year

The trees were loaded with fruit, and the peaches were colouring up well.

The Only Story

Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less?

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

Jonah Hancock’s counting-house is built wedge-shaped and coffered like a ship’s cabin

Surprise Me

I have this secret little vocabulary for my husband.

Redemption Point

There were predators beyond the wire.

Need To Know

I stand in the doorway of the twins’ room and watch them sleep, peaceful and innocent, through crib slats that remind me of bars on a prison cell.

Four Respectable Ladies Seek Part-Time Husband

When Adelaide Nightingale, Louisa Worthington, Maggie O’Connell and Pearl McCleary threw caution to the winds, disgrace was bound to follow.

Child of Mine

The night her mother died, Maggie Rowe drove back through the quiet streets

An American Marriage

There are two kinds of people in the world, those who leave home, and those who don’t.

Close to Home

It’s getting dark, and the little girl is cold.

White Chrysanthemum

It is nearly dawn, and the semi-darkness casts strange shadows along the footpath.

The Innocent Wife

The girl was found seventy-six hours after she was reported missing.