Locals tell their stories

There are a lot of talented, creative people in Lennox Head, and this week we meet three local authors who have recently published three very different books. Remember it’s the season for giving, and even in this electronic age, a book is still a great present!

Sex, Lies and Bonsai

by Lisa Walker

Sex, Lies and Bonsai is a romantic comedy set in Darling Head, a thinly fictionalised version of Lennox Head. The protagonist, Edie, flees Sydney in the wake of a failed relationship and washes up back in her childhood home. Like Lennox, Darling Head is a serious surf town and Edie’s father, a former Australian surf champion, is the local celebrity. Edie, however, hasn’t been in the sea since she was twelve. Returning to her home town, Edie has to face problems she thought she’d left behind. A job drawing crab larvae for a professor with hidden depths and a newfound talent for erotic writing add to her bulging swag of problems. And then things get complicated…

Sex, Lies and Bonsai will be launched in Lennox Head on Thursday 20th of December. All welcome. Contact Lisa on liswalker@bigpond.com to RSVP and get directions.

Lisa is an award winning short story writer. Her play Baddest Backpackers aired on ABC in 2008. Her first novel Liar Bird was published in 2012. Sex, Lies &Bonsai is her second novel.

Find out more on www.lisawalker.com.au.

A Dark Place to Die

by Ed Chatterton

This is Martin Chatterton’s 31st book, written this time under the pen name of Ed Chatterton, a name he invented when he decided after years of writing children’s books, to write his first ever adult fiction novel.

Published by Random House, A Dark Place to Die is a crime thriller that has already received great reviews. It is set across countries and cultures: one half of the story takes place in Liverpool UK and the other in northern New South Wales. The central character is an ex English cop who has retired to live in Australia, but is drawn back to England when the son he never knew is found murdered on a beach. What follows is more murder and intrigue, gangs, drugs and a hint of sex.

Martin Chatterton was born in Liverpool and has been successfully writing children’s books and Young Adult fiction for over twenty years. He has also enjoyed international success as an illustrator as well as working as a graphic designer, university lecturer and commercials director. He emigrated to Australia in 2004 and settled in Lennox Head.

Find out more at Martin’s website.

One Sunny Day

by Bronwyn Thirkell

One Sunny Day in Lennox Head is a beautifully written chronicle of a child’s day visiting and playing at the special landmarks of Lennox Head – Lake Ainsworth, Seven Mile Beach, the playground, the boat channel and In The Pink Icecream.

With colourful, sensitive illustrations by Karen Etherington, the book paints a fabulous picture of Lennox Head, but the author Bronwyn Thirkell plans to create a book for several local towns in future, including Byron Bay and Ballina. And if all goes well she will continue the journey to places like Yamba and Brunswick Heads.

According to Bronwyn, ‘My idea was to include places that were familiar to the children, so that they will recognise their world in the pages of the book. Kids love things that they already know, and when I read to my three-and-a-half year-old daughter I see how her face lights up when she sees or hears something that is familiar to her.’

According to Bronwyn, the three Rs – rhythm, rhyme and repetition – are the keys to teaching young children to read.

Check the book out at www.onesunnyday.com.au.