Giveaway – All the Golden Light by Siobhan O’Brien

Time for a giveaway for our HNSA newsletter subscribers!

Thanks to Harper Collins Publishers, there are 5 copies of Siobhan O’Brien’s debut release, All the Golden Light.

The novel is a sweeping work of historical fiction, exploring First World War Australia and how we find connection, meaning and beauty in a time of darkness. Perfect for readers of Kirsty Manning, Natasha Lester and Rosalie Ham.


1918, Belowla, south coast New South Wales. As the Great War grinds to an end, Adelaide Roberts accompanies her father to a rugged island off the south coast of New South Wales to deliver much-needed supplies. While loss and deprivation has decimated the country, Ada is determined to live a life of purpose and hope, and dreams of living an independent life.

On the windswept rocky outcrop she meets lighthouse keeper Emmett Huxley, a dark-eyed outsider haunted by his service in France, taking refuge from the damage of the war. Adelaide and Emmett are inexorably drawn together, but Adelaide discovers plans have been made for her with the decorated returned soldier Donal Blaxland, a local land-owner with a large tobacco plantation.

Soon, Adelaide is forced to make a choice about her future, and discovers that Donal harbours terrible secrets of his own. As she begins to understand the depths of Donal’s desperation, as she begins to understand the depths of Donal’s desperation, Adelaide knows she must leave – and between the treacherous waters of the coast and the rugged ranges of an ancient land, she fights for her survival, determined to live and love on her own terms.

A moving, uplifting story about love, trauma and addiction – and hope in the darkest of times, with echoes of Birdsong, My Brilliant Career and The Light Between Oceans.

About Siobhan O’Brien

Siobhan O’Brien is an author, journalist and communications professional. She has written a number of books including A Life By Design: The Art and Lives of Florence Broadhurst. She has worked for many media outlets notably the Sydney Morning Herald, Vogue, Indesign, Monument and others. When she is not writing, she is fronting her band Minnie and The Moonrakers.

The giveaway is open to HNSA newsletter subscribers only and is restricted to readers living in Australia or New Zealand. 

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Contest ends 1 May at 5pm AEST. Good luck!

20 thoughts on “Giveaway – All the Golden Light by Siobhan O’Brien”

  1. This sounds like a fantastic weekend read as we move into winter! I imagine being snuggled in a blanket on my couch, sitting in front of my fireplace, diving into All the Golden Light! Putting it on my must read list now!

    • Thanks Roland. I endeavoured to capture WWI from a different angle. This plot isn’t for the faint hearted, that’s for sure!

  2. Planning to choose this title for my book club. (They need reminding about our fabulous history at least once a year.)

    Elizabeth Hutchins
    (Author of Y.A and Adult novel Troop Train)

  3. The years during and after the World Wars are fascinating to those whose parents lived through them and deserve recording lest the younger generation forgets.

  4. I’m learning so much on our history, and how an Historical novel is written and constructed by reading other authors wonderful novels. I’m sure this will be equally rewarding.

  5. Interesting that the book deals with two men damaged by WW1. I’d like to know if they were AIF, as in men from the trenches, or were they AFC, those traumatised in the totally new form of aerial warfare. WW1 was the first mechanised war and the first aerial war.

  6. My paternal grandmother was born in 1901 and wrote diaries about living through the First World War and its aftermath. I’m a keen reader of historical fiction, especially books written during wartime. I would love to read this book.


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