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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 the last two into 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 will be published in January 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 engaging mystery.
I love history. In 2000 I spent a magical year st...more






Movie stars influenced the makeup of the 1940s. Joan Crawford’s lipstick shape “the smear” or Hunter’s Bow, created by Max Factor in the late ‘30s, was much copied. Going to the pictures was a popular way to spend an evening and the glamour of the movie stars was admired and copied by women everywhere...

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A Stranger in My Street
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Taking a Chance
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Operation Heartbreak by Duff Cooper
Operation Heartbreak
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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
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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...more
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I did enjoy this book, which I bought several years ago but didn't get around to reading earlier. The writer's sense of place is marvellous. She takes you to Florence and you feel it, see it, hear it, smell it. But I solved the mystery very early on...more
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I found this on our bookshelves - my husband had bought it a while ago - and was immediately hooked. Although I've come in late to the adventures of secret service agents Matthew Ranklin and Conall O'Gilroy (this is the third in the series) it was ea...more
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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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