A little girl vanished 100 years ago. Her name was Sophie. Where did she go?
An old house in Balmain. A portrait and perfume bottle hidden in a chimney.
Unknown and untouched, while a century passed, their memory slowly fading.
Glimpses of an eight year old girl and her school friend, missing, never found.
The grief of those left behind, those who searched, those who yearned.
So begins a journey to discover an Australian family, five generations, from 1840 to today. Buried in their past is the story of a long lost girl and the pain her vanishing left behind. Fragments slowly emerge from within the walls, stories of those who built and lived in this place.
Her identity is revealed but her disappearance remains a mystery
A chance discovery gives a vital clue.
Set around beautiful Sydney Harbour, this is the story of people and place, from early colonisation to the present day. This book is the first in the Old Balmain House Series.
About the Author
They comprise two series,
1. The Old Balmain House Series - three novels
2 The Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series - five novels along with a family memoir, Children of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope
The Old Balmain House Series starts with this novel, Little Lost Girl. The second novel in this series, Lizzie's Tale, builds on the Balmain house setting, It is the story of a working class teenage girl who lives in this same house in the 1950s and 1960s, It tells of how, when pregnant, she is determined not to surrender her baby for adoption and of her struggle to survive in this unforgiving society. The third novel in this series, Devil's Choice, follows the next generation of the family in Lizzie's Tale.
The Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series is based in Outback Australia. The first novel Just Visiting tells the story of an English backpacker, Susan, who visits the Northern Territory and becomes captivated and in great danger from a man who loves crocodiles. The second book in the series, Creature of an Ancient Dreaming, follows the consequences of the first book based around the discovery of this man's remains and his diary.The final three books in the series take the story to its conclusion where the information about what really happened is revealed.
The book, Children of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope, is the story of the author's life in the Northern Territory in an aboriginal community in remote Arnhem Land. It also tells of his surviving an attack by a large crocodile and of his work over two decades in the outback of the NT.
Graham is in the early stages of planning a memoir about his family's connections with Ireland called Memories Only Remain and also is compiling information for a book about the early NT cattle industry, its people and its stories.
Graham writes for the creative pleasure it brings him. He is particularly gratified each time an unknown person chooses to download and read something he has written and write a review - good or bad, as this gives him an insight into what readers enjoy and helps him make ongoing improvements to his writing.
In his other life Graham is a veterinarian who works in wildlife conservation and for rural landholders. He lived a large part of his life in the Northern Territory and his books reflect this experience.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very interesting historical story