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Deborah Burrows

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I was born and grew up in Perth, Western Australia, and am the author of four popular novels set in the Second World War. The latest is Ambulance Girls, which is the first of a trilogy set in the London Blitz and will be out in February (UK) and March (Au/NZ).
My inspiration is my late mother, who was widowed by the long shadow of that war and who told many stories about living in wartime, and about the exploits of my war hero father.
My ‘day job’ is in the Law, but I have a passion for history (and three history degrees to prove it!!). And although I love the clear skies, beautiful beaches and easy-going atmosphere of my home town, I also adore the dreaming spires of Oxford, UK, where I read medical history. I now see myself as a proud ci
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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'm so sorry that I missed your question. I am inspired to write by many things. Ambulance Girls was inspired by an article i read in a newspaper of…moreI'm so sorry that I missed your question. I am inspired to write by many things. Ambulance Girls was inspired by an article i read in a newspaper of 1941, which was about the first Western Australian girl to be cited for extreme bravery in the London Blitz. I read the article and the character of Lily Brennan, the heroine of Ambulance Girls just appeared in my mind - and I needed to write her story. I wanted it to write about bravery in really tough times. I'd been talking to my father-in-law, who lived through the Sheffield Blitz and it set my imagination on fire. But I know London much better than Sheffield, so London it was!!(less)
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It has been delightful to be back in the UK. The weather has been mild (except for an odd incident of sudden hail) and there has been sunshine! We are staying in a little townhouse off Meadow Lane, the ancient pathway from Iffley into Oxford. I love the walk – it is lined now with houses on one side and on the other playing fields or waste land that used to be the treasured water meadows of the...

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“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
Anne Frank

“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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