This novel was launched on October 9th at the International Ubud Readers and Writers Festival in Bali, Indonesia.
It's 1942 and the world is changing. You are born into a country occupied by foreign forces. Your Father is working for the enemy, and your Mother is sleeping with the enemy. This is a world where you are never certain whether there will be food on the table, or a place to sleep. Until one day, the promise of a new country gives you hope and security.
Only to be betrayed all over again by her elder sister, a young girl at the tender age of thirteen, is abandoned in Australia without a guardian, without language and with little hope to begin again. She will have to do everything in her power to survive on her own, and overcome broken promises.
Meet Anneke, as she resists a past that relentlessly keeps breaking through her memory. Determined to defy the cycle of poverty, and abandonment, she changes her luck through her own achievements, bringing optimism and joy back into her life.
Told through narrative and poetry, this work has beautiful artwork produced by Malcolm Jones, throughout the book.
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Writing since the age of 12, Nell had her first play, Dead Mans Alley, performed at the Nimrod Theatre, Sydney, a second play, The Blind Forty, performed at the Seymour Centre. She has been the recipient of a Master Writers Grant, from the Australia Council. She has written several other plays for youth theatres and schools, as part of her role as a drama teacher and director in those organisations. Nell has published many works over the years, including Jack and Lily, a chronicle of short war stories and poetry. Nell's novel, The Lost Sister of Groningen, was launched at the Tap Gallery in Sydney in 2010 and at the Ubud Readers and Writers Festival 2011. Nell's poetry volume, The Sky Is My Religion was launched in Ubud in 2012 with support of the UWRF and was opened by Australian writer Libby Hathorn. Nell has degrees in education, and is currently working on her second novel, A Token For Perry. She lives by the sea in Newcastle, Australia and in 2013 started PhD in writing.