Tea Cooper

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Tea Cooper writes Australian contemporary and historical fiction. In a past life she was a teacher, a journalist and a farmer. These days she haunts museums and indulges her passion for storytelling.

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Average rating: 3.88 · 5,833 ratings · 985 reviews · 22 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Woman in the Green Dress

3.83 avg rating — 1,840 ratings — published 2018 — 2 editions
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The Naturalist's Daughter

4.04 avg rating — 764 ratings — published 2017 — 7 editions
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The Girl in the Painting

4.02 avg rating — 988 ratings — published 2020 — 10 editions
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The Cartographer's Secret

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The Other Side of Tom Cat C...

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Back to Blue Gum Flat

3.60 avg rating — 189 ratings — published 2015
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The Horse Thief

3.96 avg rating — 280 ratings — published 2015
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Lily's Leap

3.76 avg rating — 161 ratings — published 2013 — 4 editions
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The Cedar Cutter

4.16 avg rating — 183 ratings5 editions
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Matilda's Freedom

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"Tea Cooper never disappoints me. I love her tales of intrepid women centred smack in the middle of Australian history so was really looking forward to reading The Girl in the Painting and she didn’t let me down!
The story stretches from Liverpool in E" Read more of this review »
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Maitland 1913
Miss Elizabeth Quinn is something of an institution in Maitland Town. For longer than anyone could remember she and her brother, businessman Michael, have lived in the impressive two-storey stone house next to the church. Whe" Read more of this review »
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“She could see why men and women through the ages had become besotted with opals. It was as though an almighty hand had scooped a palmful of emeralds, sapphires, diamonds, and pearls and mixed their radiant hues. Fit for a queen. Such a noble stone.”
Tea Cooper, The Woman in the Green Dress

“The overblown woman swept out in a waft of attar of roses and Della stood relishing the patch of frail sunlight, imagining herself down by the creek feeding Tidda a handful of sweetgrass while she listened to the Darkinjung women tell their stories.”
Tea Cooper, The Woman in the Green Dress

“And you'll be able to tell whether or not this is an opal?"
"According to the baron's instructions, it should have a transparent or white body tone, then we must look at the background color, a slight tinge of color, like a spark of fire." Stefan gave a satisfied grunt and held it up to the light. "It has a wonderful luster and a play of color."
Della peered over his shoulder. "Where do they come from? How are they made?"
"Mother Nature at her best. Unique conditions first. Heavy seasonal rains in parched desert regions where the ground is rich in silica."
"What's sillyka?"
"A colorless chemical compound, one of the most common elements on earth after oxygen."
"Then what makes this so special? You'd think we trip over them all over the place. I ain't never seen one."
"Because the conditions must be just right. Rainwater trickles down into the earth and carries silica-rich solutions into the cavities between the rocks. Then hot summers dry the earth, and as the water evaporates the silica stays in place, and over millions of years the opals form. The purity, intensity, and brilliance of color increases the deeper the rock is penetrated."
"Before it just looked like a dirty white pebble."
"You're right. The actual color is a pearl gray; sometimes you see a little pale-red or yellow tint, but with reflected light it presents all the colors of the rainbow.”
Tea Cooper, The Woman in the Green Dress



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