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Kelly Gardiner

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Kelly Gardiner's latest book for young readers is 'Brimstone', the first in a time slip adventure series called 'The Firewatcher Chronicles'. Her previous novel was '1917: Australia's Great War', set in Flanders and in Melbourne during the First World War.
Her novel 'Goddess' was based on the life of the remarkable Julie d'Aubigny, also known as Mademoiselle de Maupin - a 17th century opera singer and swordswoman.
Kelly's other books include the young adult novels 'The Sultan's Eyes' and 'Act of Faith' (HarperCollins); and for younger readers, 'Billabong Bill's Bushfire Christmas' (Random House) and the ‘Swashbuckler!’ trilogy (HarperCollins): 'Ocean Without End', 'The Pirate's Revenge' and 'The Silver Swan'.
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Kelly Gardiner Read and write. It's basic, but true. Read everything, including genres you might not normally read for recreation, as they may have a lot to teach yo…moreRead and write. It's basic, but true. Read everything, including genres you might not normally read for recreation, as they may have a lot to teach you. Read like a writer - try to figure out how the author is creating the effect on you as a reader. And write as much as you can, whenever you can. Don't worry about whether it'll get published - you can't get anything published until you've written it. So write. Edit. Rewrite. Read. Write some more.(less)
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Or maybe Princess Marya and Nikolai Rostov.
Or maybe Maud and Sue.
Or maybe Little Dorrit and Arthur.
Or Villanelle and the Queen of Spa…more
Lizzie and Darcy.
Or maybe Princess Marya and Nikolai Rostov.
Or maybe Maud and Sue.
Or maybe Little Dorrit and Arthur.
Or Villanelle and the Queen of Spades.
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Goddess

3.48 avg rating — 765 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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Act of Faith

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The Sultan's Eyes

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A little tour of Blackfriars

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Hope you’re staying safe and well in these strange times.


It’ll be a while until we can travel overseas. But the last couple of times I was in London, I made this brief video for readers of The Firewatcher Chronicles, so you can see some of the sites where action happens in the books.



I’ll post another one on mudlarking, and what we can find in the Thames (besides magical Roman rings) so

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Ocean Without End by Kelly Gardiner
"Okay not many people know this book but this book was so important to young me. I reread it so much its so crinkled now. I wanted to join Lily on her pirate adventures. These books were the reason I first wanted to be a pirate. Lily was 12 but didn't" Read more of this review »
Brimstone by Kelly Gardiner
"Wonderful! I would have loved this when I was young and I thoroughly enjoyed it as an adult. Can't wait for Book Two!"
Brimstone by Kelly Gardiner
"Again - totally biased given that I'm Kelly's agent, but it's also totally true that this is a *wonderful* new series for MG readers

History and mystery wrapped up in a phenomenal time-travel tale. If I was a kid, I would have gobbled this book up aft" Read more of this review »
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Hello. There won't be a US edition, so far as I know, but you can order it online eg from Booktopia.
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“Doesn’t matter whether you’re a baker’s wife or a whore or a princess—if you have the strength, you can take a lover, write a motet, lead an army, rule a country. Women have. Not all, granted, but some. And we adore them, don’t we? In theory. We make statues of warrior women, paint them on our ceilings—goddesses with shields and togas and one fair breast exposed so there can be no doubt. The palaces of Europe are covered in them. The Opéra stages, too, for that matter. Yet most women I know—no matter how clever, no matter how strong—are dragged down by husbands or fathers or titles or too many petticoats, or priests clutching at their hems, telling them, ‘No, you cannot do that, you cannot be that.’ I never listened. That’s rare.”
Kelly Gardiner, Goddess

“Dear Reader,
This book you hold is a treasure, of sorts, as is every book I have ever known.
I have made it for you – especially you – for reasons you will understand as my words unfurl before your eyes.
Turn these pages tenderly.
You hold my life in your hands.”
Kelly Gardiner, Act of Faith

“slowly, mile after mile, I unwound the bandages, let my wounds, my scars, crust over. They didn’t heal. But I learned to live with them, as you do. Learned how to move, talk, ride, sing, so that the pain wasn’t visible”
Kelly Gardiner, Goddess

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