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Born in South Africa, now living in New Zealand, Fiona is a former GP who hung up her stethoscope to pursue another longheld dream, to write. She has written a number of highly acclaimed short stories, most recently 'A Breath, A Bunk, A Land, A Sky', shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2020. Her debut novel, 'Shifting Colours', was published in the UK in 2014 and in the USA in Oct 2015 under the title, 'Another Woman's Daughter'. Her second novel, 'The Last Time We Spoke' was released in May 2016. It won the Ngaio Marsh Award for NZ Best Crime Novel.

'Addressed to Greta' was released in November 2020 and launched Bateman Books' fiction list. It has been shortlisted for the NZ Booklovers Best Adult Fiction Award 2021.

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Fiona Sussman Harold and Maureen from 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry'. To me, their relationship is testament to the enduring power of love. When the book o…moreHarold and Maureen from 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry'. To me, their relationship is testament to the enduring power of love. When the book opens, they appear to have lost their way. The stressors and demands of tragic life events have pushed them apart, and after forty-seven years they live as strangers in their own marriage. Yet when Harold embarks on his pilgrimage to see Queenie Hennessy, both he and Maureen are afforded the time and space to reflect on their relationship. As the story unfolds they are able to pare back all their baggage and find the attraction that first drew them to each other. Their love is rekindled and deepened by the hurdles they have overcome.(less)
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Shifting Colours

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Addressed to Greta

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“What I've come to learn is that the world is never saved in grand messianic gestures, but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion.”
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