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The Love Song Of Miss Queenie Hennessey

Just like the 600-mile long walk of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce’s companion novel The Love Song of Queenie Hennessy felt like a long wait. But like most things that are worth waiting for, so is this love story.
The beautifully story told from the perspective of Queenie Hennessy, the woman Harold Fry makes the journey for in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Bed-ridden with cancer in a hospice, Queenie tells her own story and writes a letter to Harold as she awaits his arrival.
And what a story it is. Unrequited love. Tender moments, weaved with tragic. Just like in life, there are lots of ups and downs, but it’s our hope and adaptability that keeps us alive.
It’s comforting to see that Rachel Joyce hasn’t just recapped the entire previous novel in this companion book, but rather has kept us on our toes with a refreshing tale that is as original as it is plausible. The Love Song Of Queenie Hennessey brings together a book that is poignant, and at times funny.
“Harold, don’t take this …

In Conversation with Ellie Marney, author of Every Breath

Where did the idea for Every Breath come from?  Well, I guess it came from my long fangirl crush on Sherlock Holmes.In 2010 I won an award for crime writing run by Sisters in Crime, the Australian women crime writer’s organisation, so I decided to turn my hand to YA crime (because YA has always been my first love).When it came to writing a whole book, I knew I had to work Sherlock in somehow – and I’d always wondered what a contemporary teenaged Sherlock would be like… That question touched off the character of James Mycroft, and so Every Breath was born! How did you do your research for the book? Research trips!No, seriously, I took a lot of photos of locations and visited all the places where Rachel and Mycroft go, including St Kilda Rd Police HQ.I also Googled a lot – Google is the writer’s friend JI had to do a lot of reading on things like police processes in Australia, and homicide investigation, as well as homelessness and mental health issues. I also had to research forensic proces…