Novel: The Lucky Galah

The Lucky Galah is available in libraries and from bookshops across the land.

You can also order it online:

Booktopia (Paperback, ebook, audio CDs)

Amazon (Paperback, ebook, audio CDs)

Now with tea towel! These beautiful hand silk-screened tea towels are 50% cotton, 50% linen (fabric made in Russia; drawing and silk-screening by Bathurst artist Katrina Daly).
Galah and teacup, close upThey’re $20 each inclusive of postage and packaging, within Australia (postage may vary if ordering from overseas). To order, simply send an email to: and I’ll get the ball rolling.



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.

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.

See a long interview by Nick Horne, son of Donald Horne (who wrote The Lucky Country) on YouTube here.

In the media

Steger, J. (2019). “First-timers and a previous winner, but no Winton on the Miles longlist.” Sydney Morning Herald May 22:


Swinn, L. (2018). “The Lucky Galah: Tracy Sorensen’s caged narrator gives history the bird.” The Australian March 2. Retrieved from

Taylor, J. (2018). “Josephine Taylor reviews ‘The Lucky Galah’ by Tracy Sorensen.” Australian Book Review May 2018, No. 401. Retrieved from


8 thoughts on “Novel: The Lucky Galah

  1. Judith Connor

    I’ve just finished your book and I enjoyed it so much that I want to let you know and thank you for writing it. I’m surprised at how emotionally invested I became in the story. I found myself thinking about Lucky and had to remind myself that she is a bird in a novel, not a flesh and blood being. I also found myself sneaking off to read when I should have been doing chores! But as I neared the end, I didn’t want it to be over. Thank you, Tracy, for bringing us this beautiful tale.

  2. Nadia Adams

    A fabulous novel and a wonderful journey but I too am stuck on the equation. Im so frustrated but I just don’t get it! Help!

  3. Carol Lawrence

    I agree with Nadia. I can see that the 2 equations posted in the book are different, but since divorcing my math major husband, I have left the world of calculus behind. Please edify this ignorant liberal arts major!


    P.S. I especially appreciated the sly reference to badminton where the shuttlecock is often also called a “birdie”.
    P.P.S. I am co-owner of a sulphur-crested cockatoo, so I was immediately drawn to your book!

  4. Tracy Post author

    Now that it’s almost two years since publication (wow, time flies), I’m going public (here in this little discussion) about the equation at the end. It’s the equation for gravity! 😉

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