Lizzie's Tale

Lizzie's Tale

by Graham Wilson


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Raped and reduced to working in a brothel to keep her baby, unwed, teenage mother, Lizzie, forges a new life for herself and her child in the Kimberley region of Australia. But can she evade her persecutors and ultimately bring to them to justice?

This is a story of a girl from inner Sydney. Her family is poor, her father dies when she is nine, life is hard. But her courage rises above adversity

Lizzie is a girl from inner Sydney suburb. Her family is poor and her father dies when she is nine. When she is just fifteen she is raped by three men. She becomes pregnant but is determined not to surrender her child for adoption. She flees to Melbourne, becoming a prostitute. Authorities seek to take her child. She runs again to remote northern Western Australia. Yet the men find and pursue her. Desperate she flees to the desert. Finally a friend writes her story and gains retribution

This is the second book in the series, "Old Balmain House" and begins in the same house as the first book and continues part of the story of Sophie, the girl who vanished half a century ago. Lizzie, aged eight, meets Sophie, the girl who lived in the same bedroom as a child. Sophie becomes her friend.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499532821
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/12/2014
Series: Old Balmain House , #2
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Graham Wilson lives in Sydney Australia. He has completed and published nine books, including three in this Old Balmain House Series.

His first novel in this series, tells the story of a small girl who went missing 100 years ago with her best friend and was never found, leaving a trail of grief down through generations until the finally her story is discovered. It is based in the real Balmain, an early inner Sydney suburb, with its real locations and historical events providing part of the story background. This second novel in this series, 'Lizzie's Tale' builds on "The Old 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 she becomes pregnant she is determined not to surrender her baby for adoption, and her struggle to survive. The series concludes with the book 'Devils Choice' which follows the life of Lizzie's daughter Catherine and the awful choice she too must make through confronting her mother's rapists.

Graham has also written five novels in the Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series. The first novel 'An English Visitor' tells the story of an English backpacker who visits the Northern Territory and becomes captivated and in great danger from a man who loves crocodiles. The second book in the series, 'Crocodile Man', follows the consequences of the first book based around the discovery of this man's remains and the main character being placed on trial for murder. The third book, 'The Empty Place', is about the struggle of the main character to retain her sanity in jail while her family and friends desperately try to find out what really happened on that fateful day before it is too late. Book 4, 'Lost Girls' is the story of four missing backpackers whose lives are revealed in this man's diary. It is also the story of the search for the main character who has vanished too. Book 5, 'Sunlit Shadow Dance' concludes the series and begins with a girl who appears in a remote aboriginal community with no memory and how she rebuilds her life but alongside this come dark shadows that threaten to overwhelm her.

Graham has also written a family memoir "Children of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope." It tells of his life growing up in a remote aboriginal community in Australia's Northern Territory. It also tells of his surviving an attack by a large crocodile.

In his non writing life he is a wildlife veterinarian working with zoo animals and on national parks.

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Lizzie's Tale 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
GaryS1 More than 1 year ago
A more complex story than the Old Balmain House and really loved it - even better
AmandaR1 More than 1 year ago
I first read The Old Balmain House and loved it. Now the second book in this series has come out and I have read and enjoyed it equally. It is a very different story to the first book but very moving, particularly as this poor girl struggles to survive in a hard and unforgiving society. Anyway another great read by a newly discovered author who has become a favourite
Margie Kinsinger 3 months ago
Wow. I was so moved by Lizzie's story...her unbreakable spirit, her fierce determination to overcome all obstacles, her refusal to let her love be tainted by the circumstances in which her daughter was conceived. Both the characters and the various Australian settings are painted so vividly, I felt like I was there. I'm not sure why some reviewers felt the book was unfinished, unless they were referring to a previous version, now corrected. The ending may be more peaceful than powerful, but there are no cliffhangers here. Simply outstanding...a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truly inspiring story, brought tears to my eyes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the Old Balmain House first and liked it very much so decided to read the second book Lizzie's Tale and enjoyed it even more.You do not have to read the first book to understand the second because they are entirely different .It sometimes very hard to read because it is a story of struggle, hardship and contains some violence but I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty good story, but it has no conclusion. No justice is served. It just ends. There are errors galore. Missing words, misspelled words, lack of punctuation -- at least one per page. One good point: This book is free. All I wasted was time.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better than the first book in the series, Old Balmain House - a really good and moving story - almost gave it 5 stars which I almost never but not quite as a bit more editing needed in a couple places
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing story, couldn't put it down . The author has written one of the best books I have read of this type. I was critical of the series he wrote at first but he has grown to be a favorite of mine. A dramatic, fast paced loving and exciting story. Well done Sir. G-ma Sandy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What might happen to her next?? She makes a much better life for herself but a few years later the same men find her again!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first book of this series and loved it. This one was just as good. So good, i don't want the story to end. These two books will stay with me for a while.
Musicmans_wife More than 1 year ago
More drama, sadness & darkness than I personally like in a book. I primarily read romance and this had some romance but more of other things.