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Deborah Burrows

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I'm a lawyer, and a writer and a historian (not necessarily in that order!). I've merged these skills to write novels set in World War 2 Australia: A STRANGER IN MY STREET and TAKING A CHANCE (which use many of the stories my mother told me about life during WW2), both published by Pan Macmillan Australia.
My third novel, A TIME OF SECRETS is about the Intelligence Community in wartime Melbourne.
I usually live in Perth, Western Australia, but for the next two years I'll be in Iffley, a pretty village just south of Oxford, UK. While I'm there I intend to write novels and blog - so watch this space.
In my books I want to make the past come alive for my readers, and at the same time draw them into an engaging mystery.
I love history. In 2
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Deborah Burrows A book set during the London Blitz. There were quite a few young Australian women working in London as ambulance drivers. My girl, Lily, is from the…moreA book set during the London Blitz. There were quite a few young Australian women working in London as ambulance drivers. My girl, Lily, is from the Eastern Goldfields in WA. She falls in love with a pilot and has to try to solve the mystery of a friend's disappearance, all the while driving her ambulance through the worst of the bombing.(less)
Deborah Burrows I love the research - which is why I write historical,novels. But my main joy in writing is entering into the lives of my characters, discovering what…moreI love the research - which is why I write historical,novels. But my main joy in writing is entering into the lives of my characters, discovering what 'makes them tick' and finding out about their worlds. It's hard to explain.(less)
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A Stranger in My Street

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Taking a Chance

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My Blitz book, plus two others – so three books in total, were the subject of offers from no less than four excellent UK publishers and after a little bidding war, we decided to go with the lovely Ebury Press, which is an imprint of Penguin Random House.


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Interestingly, the name Ebury Press is from the site in London wher...

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“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
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“Fat’ is usually the first insult a girl throws at another girl when she wants to hurt her.

I mean, is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me; but then, you might retort, what do I know about the pressure to be skinny? I’m not in the business of being judged on my looks, what with being a writer and earning my living by using my brain…

I went to the British Book Awards that evening. After the award ceremony I bumped into a woman I hadn’t seen for nearly three years. The first thing she said to me? ‘You’ve lost a lot of weight since the last time I saw you!’

‘Well,’ I said, slightly nonplussed, ‘the last time you saw me I’d just had a baby.’

What I felt like saying was, ‘I’ve produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you. Aren’t either of those things more important, more interesting, than my size?’ But no – my waist looked smaller! Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate!

I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons.”
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