Deborah Burrows




Bookcaf...
438 books | 40 friends

JB Rowley
84 books | 218 friends

Debbie ...
1,088 books | 461 friends

Anna Jo...
138 books | 45 friends

slyonbooks
476 books | 81 friends

Emily
557 books | 72 friends

Dawn
262 books | 86 friends

L.R. Cu...
74 books | 4,523 friends

More friends…

Deborah is following 1 person

Deborah Burrows

Goodreads Author


born
Perth, WA, Australia
gender
female

website

twitter username

genre

influences

member since
April 2012


About this author

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 next novel, A TIME OF SECRETS is about the Intelligence Community in wartime Melbourne. It will be published in March 2015.
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 enga
...more


Happy New Year, friends. I hope that it is joyful, peaceful and filled with dreams come true! We spent the New Year in Dubai airport, on our way home for the summer holidays, in the little Moet & Chandon stall.


We arrived in Perth last night. Today it’s 25C max in Perth – a beautiful summer day.


IMG_2133


IMG_2136


IMG_2146


And this is what we have come to. At the moment, Perth seems just perfect:


perth7


​Perth was orig...

Read more of this blog post »
 •  flag
0 comments
like  • 
Published on January 01, 2015 19:15 • 2 views
Average rating: 3.74 · 168 ratings · 48 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
A Stranger in My Street
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 118 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Taking a Chance
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 48 ratings — published 2013 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
A Stranger in my Street
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
A Time of Secrets
0.0 of 5 stars 0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings — expected publication 2015 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating

* Note: these are all the books on Goodreads for this author. To add more, click here.

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Deborah's Recent Updates

Love in the Years of Lunacy by Mandy Sayer
"I admit historical romance is not something you’d expect me to read but I’m all for literary exploration, so I thought I would give this Australian novel a go. Love in the Years of Lunacy is a typical story of forbidden love, set in war time Sydne..." Read more of this review »
Love in the Years of Lunacy by Mandy Sayer
"Oh my...
I didn't think this book would be this bad - I know Mandy Sayer has written other books, and I know they have been very well received! But this book... wow. I could barely get through it.

The first thing that hit me when I began reading the..." Read more of this review »
" Thanks, Hels.
I love this period (which is why I write about it).
When I give talks, the women who were young at the time all mention nylons or the la
...more"
A House in the Country by Jocelyn Playfair
Rate this book
Clear rating
To Bed With Grand Music by Marghanita Laski
"To bed with Grand Music first published in 1946 just a year after the end of WW2 caused something of a mild sensation in some circles. Marghanita Laski (then writing under the name Sarah Russell) had probably struck something of a nerve. Families..." Read more of this review »
To Bed With Grand Music by Marghanita Laski
"The writing style of this book is great, and the way Laski unfolds the plot is also beautiful. With this said, this it probably the first time I ever wanted the main character to just DIE. Just get caught in an air raid and freakin' die. Watching..." Read more of this review »
Operation Heartbreak by Duff Cooper
Operation Heartbreak
by Duff Cooper
read in July, 2014
Rate this book
Clear rating
This is such a poignant and beautifully written story, based on a true event in World War Two - one that really did have a bearing on the outcome of the war. And yet, the novel deals with the rather uninteresting life of a rather uninteresting man, w ...more
1077326
“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: finall
...more
J.K. Rowling
Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay
Rate this book
Clear rating
EReader users: do you highlight?

She voted for: Yes, I like to highlight
More of Deborah's books…

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Aussie Readers: This topic has been closed to new comments. Can anyone suggest some books or authors for me.... 12 46 Jul 16, 2012 02:51AM  
Aussie Readers: **Spring Reading Challenge - 1/9/12 - 30/11/12** 791 266 Dec 10, 2012 04:42PM  
Aussie Readers: 2012 Aussie Authors - with a twist! 500 368 Dec 21, 2012 07:26PM  
Anne Frank
“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
Anne Frank

J.K. Rowling
“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.”
J.K. Rowling

721 Aussie Readers — 3886 members — last activity 1 hour, 28 min ago
A group for all Australian Goodreads members (and those interested in Australia), no matter what they read!



No comments have been added yet.