LET’S not be parochial. The top quality Fremantle Press is in town talking up one of WA’s most celebrated authors, Deb Fitzpatrick, and her new novel, “The Break.”
The novel is Fitzpatrick’s first book for adults. She is the author of three previous titles for children and young adults – “90 Packets of Instant Noodles,” “Have you seen Ally Queen?” and “The Amazing Spencer Gray.”
“The Break” is set in glorious Margaret River, and focuses on two families, a sea-change couple from Fremantle and a farming family that has been there for generations. Already under the threat from developers, when a natural disaster strikes, the families find themselves in a changed community.
Based on WA’s worst natural disaster, the Gracetown cliff collapse, the book, Fremantle Press says, will have significance for people across Australia facing the fall out of fires, floods and other natural calamities.
Not surprisingly, Katie Haydon in “Books+Publishing” has written, “‘The Break will resonate with fans of Tim Winton, as Fitzpatrick writes about the natural environment with similar texture and intensity’.” Having just been reading Winton’s ‘The Turning,” that’s what I thought too.
Fitzpatrick is in Canberra today, Tuesday August 26, and has been visiting kids at Telopea Park School. She will be at Paperchain, Manuka this evening.
Deb Fitzpatrick Author Talk, at Paperchain Bookshop, 6pm tonight, Tuesday August 26, all welcome.