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Spanning three decades, Child of Mine is a deeply resonant novel about a maternal tug-of-love and the little girl caught in the middle.

In this tug-of-love there can be no winners . . .

It’s January 1974, and a devastating flood is about to change the lives of four generations of women. Maggie Rowe is thirty-five, a teacher, and still living with her mother, Vera, in a tiny cottage in Hill Street, Brisbane. Next door lives Donna Birtles, a feckless, twentysomething single mum and her little daughter Flower.

Early one rain-drenched morning at the height of the flood, Donna and Flower seek shelter with Maggie and Vera . . .

However once the water recedes, Donna seems reluctant to move out, particularly when she meets Roddy, a casual worker on the clean-up gang. With Donna now disappearing for months on end, Maggie is forced to take on the role of Flower’s guardian – at the expense of her own hopes and longings.

Flower is the daughter Maggie never had. And she’s the daughter Donna had but didn’t want.
So when Donna finally returns to reclaim her child, who has the right to be her mother?

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780143786283

    January 29, 2018

    Bantam Australia

    400 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9780143786290

    January 29, 2018

    Random House Australia

    400 pages

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