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Joanne van Os

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Joanne van Os grew up in Melbourne, and has been reading since before she can remember. She was lured to the Northern Territory in 1976 for a short term job, and stayed. Life in the NT's remote places meant jobs like bullcatching, buffalo and cattle mustering, station management and ownership, and tourism.

Life with her first husband, known as the "Real Crocodile Dundee", brought about her first book, best selling memoir "Outback Heart", in 2005. Three children's novels followed, all adventure mystery stories for 9 to 12 year olds, and set in the remote north of Australia. Her first general fiction novel, "Ronan's Echo", was published in March 2014.

After 8 years living aboard and sailing in SE Asia and Australia, Joanne and her husband Lex

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Joanne van Os Sometimes just by doing more research, if it's a serious block. If I can't get started some mornings when I'm well into a book, I sit at the laptop…moreSometimes just by doing more research, if it's a serious block. If I can't get started some mornings when I'm well into a book, I sit at the laptop and just write without thinking, anything at all, and eventually it kickstarts the process, my brain remembers what it's meant to be doing, and I start coming up with the next ideas(less)
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“The untried recruits learned about fear. It wasn't some occasional leap of terror, a startled response; it was the unbearable tension of being forced to remain in a terrifying place, your mind the only thing preventing you from throwing down your rifle and running, anywhere, a flight of atavistic self-preservation.”
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Joanne Thank you to everyone who has posted a review on Goodreads about my new book, Ronan's Echo by Joanne van Os. It's very much appreciated!

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Joanne Ronan's Echo by Joanne van OsThe Giveaway for Ronan's Echo starts today - 10 copies are offered. Ends on 31 March so put your name in the draw!

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