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One woman’s quest for joy – review by Susan Whyndham

  When a book has the title Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here, you know that something bad is about to happen. Foreboding builds as the first chapters of Heather Rose’s memoir set up an idyllic life in 1960s Tasmania: “Childhood is kelp and sand, birds and sky, and boats pulled up with the tide … […]

Profile – The Guardian – Susan Chenery

‘Joy is my daily practice’: Heather Rose on overcoming tragedy and choosing to live a happy life From dancing into other worlds in North America to losing her vocabulary in the Australian desert, the Stella prize-winning author is taking nothing for granted The old wooden house looks out over the sea. Standing on the upstairs […]

World premiere: The Museum of Modern Love comes to the stage

Sydney Festival hosts the world premiere of the stage adaptation of internationally acclaimed novel The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose. Get info and find tickets   Following a successful series of development readings staged as part of Sydney Festival 2021, Seymour Centre is proud to present the world premiere production of The Museum of Modern Love at […]

Reviews for Bruny

Bruny has had so many great reviews. And I’ve conducted many interviews. Here are a few if you’re interested. Review by Rohan Wilson — The Australian or here Review by Helen Elliott — The Age Profile by Stephen Romei — The Australian or here Profile by Melanie Kembrey — The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age ABC Radio National with Sarah L’Estrange — The […]


Shortlisted – 2020 ABIA Fiction Book of the Year Bruny is shortlisted for Fiction Book of the Year in the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards. It’s in excellent company. A shortlist will be announced on April 28th. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 13 May in a virtual event. More details to come here. […]

Heather Rose Reads

During this long period of isolation I am keenly aware of what it will take to be a parent to young children. For many years, I’ve been going into schools and reading the Tuesday McGillycuddy series to primary school children. I also dress up as one of the main characters – Serendipity Smith. So, to […]

2020 Indie Book Awards shortlist

Delighted to have Bruny make the Indie Book Awards shortlist for Best Fiction Book of the Year – in amazing company with my fellow authors Charlotte Wood, Favel Parrett and Christian White. Here’s what the Indies website has to say about this year’s shortlists across all categories: Australian independent booksellers, members of Leading Edge Books, […]

‘More a hand grenade than a book’

Review by Rohan Wilson in The Australian‘s Review magazine Saturday November 9, 2019. Chafing satire and explosive views By ROHAN WILSON For the most part, Australian literature in the 21st century is fairly toothless. On a good day, our writers can muster up some anger at the appalling treatment of our First ­Nations people or for […]