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Giveaway of The Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning

Another giveaway! This month, our sponsor, Allen & Unwin, is offering a 3 book giveaway of The Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning, a novel in which the unravelling of family secrets leads back to Shanghai in World War II. Subscribe to our HNSA newsletter then comment on this post to enter the draw. Contest ends

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Author Spotlight – an interview with Sophie Masson

By Patricia Leslie Sophie Masson AM is an award-winning author. War & Resistance is her latest historical novel for young adults, preceded most recently by Black Wings (the Greystanes Press 2018) and Jack of Spades( (Eagle Books 2017) which was shortlisted for the 2018 Davitt Awards. Sophie has published over 60 books. In between wordsmithing and publishing, she has been

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Author Spotlight: Paula Morris

By Elizabeth Jane Corbett On Saturday the 26thof October, after a Welcome to Country and other opening formalities, Dr Paula Morris (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whātua) will address the HNSA 2019 conference theme, History repeats: the power of remembrance in historical fiction.  Born in Auckland, to an English mother and a Kiwi father, Paula Morris’s career has

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Which panel will you choose? Crime or research?

You’ll be spoiled for choice with the HNSA Sydney 2019 program. Two parallel streams are running throughout the weekend. Stream 1 is jam packed with authors discussing their inspiration and journeys; the nooks and crannies of history; the psychology of characters, and even a love potion or two.  Stream 2 delves deeper into the craft

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Giveaway of Esther by Jennifer North

Here’s a treat for April. Our sponsor, Allen & Unwin, is offering a 3 book giveaway of Esther by Jennifer North, the story of Esther Abraham, a First Fleet convict who became the First Lady of the colony of Sydney. You can read a sample chapter here. Jessica North has been researching Esther’s story for

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HNSA Author Spotlight: Our Guest of Honour, Jackie French

By Elizabeth Jane Corbett Jackie French is no stranger to Australian readers. She has written over two hundred books, won sixty literary awards, served as the Australian Children’s Laureate, and been named Senior Australian of the year. When not writing, she plants trees and harvests their fruit, walks in the bush, tames and studies wombats,

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