The Galah has landed!
The Lucky Galah (Picador, 2018), has not only landed but is sitting in excellent company right in the middle of the Melbourne literary scene: the book has been nominated for the Readings Prize for new Australian literature.
About The Lucky Galah
It’s 1969 and a remote Australian coastal town is poised to play its part in the Moon Landing. An influx of expat NASA employees working at the tracking station on the sand dune just out of town shakes things up. A pink and grey galah cockatoo emerges from a cage at the back door of the Kelly household and uncovers some tightly-held secrets. She threads these playfully through the story of her own rising and falling fortunes in what we call the lucky country.
Now with tea towel
As I wrote The Lucky Galah, I had a vision: I imagined it would go nicely with a matching tea towel. With help from local Bathurst artist Katrina Daly, this ambition has been realised. You can order (directly from me!) a hand screen-printed tea towel to go with your book! Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. They’re $20 each.
Author talks & events
The book was launched by Books Plus in Bathurst on March 10, although it had been out in bookshops for a couple of weeks by then. I’ve done author talks at the Leaf bookshop in Melbourne; in Carnarvon at the Space and Technology Museum and at the town library; at Better Read than Dead in Sydney and at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst as part of the local outpost of the Sydney Writers Festival. I also spoke in Canberra at Paperchain books and Springwood in the Blue Mountains, both in June and in Hobart Fullers Bookshop in July.
There’s the good, the bad and the ugly. The most important thing is that people have noticed that this book exists and they’ve said or written stuff about it. That’s huge for this little pink and grey galah. So everything else is a bonus. That said, I’ve had mostly good reviews but it’s the odd bad one that tends to get lit up on the horizon in giant letters, throbbing sickeningly through my day. But I cope! I wake up the next morning and go on!
I’m intending to post links here to some of the reviews – stay tuned.