Dear readers,

Welcome to my author website where I look forward to providing regular updates on my novel and writing. Please feel free to drop me a line with any questions or comments.

I am pleased to announce that my second novel 'The Opal Dragonfly' has been accepted for publication by Allen & Unwin in March 2018. It is set in Sydney in the early 1850s and centres around a fictional re-imagining of the finest house in the colony, the architectural gem of Elizabeth Bay House. I am working on the edit of the novel right now. 

I will be a speaker at the 2017 Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) conference in Melbourne 8th-10th September 2017. The weekend programme will showcase over 50 speakers discussing craft, research, inspiration, publishing and personal histories. These will include Kerry Greenwood as our guest author. Other wonderful historical novelists appearing are Kate Forsyth, Sophie Masson Nicole Alexander, Libby Hathorn, Sulari Gentill,  Lucy Treloar, Pamela Hart, Anna Campbell, Natasha Lester, Felicity Pulman, Robyn Cadwallader, Melissa Ashley,  Kim Kelly, Gillian Polack, Pamela Rusby, Barbara Gaskell Denvil and Elisabeth Storrs.  

12.15 – 1.15 pm (Stream 2) Session Four on Saturday 9th September

WORLDS AT WAR: THE APPEAL OF 20TH CENTURY HISTORICAL FICTION

The history of the early to mid-20th century now falls within the definition of ‘historical fiction’. Why do novels depicting the great conflicts of modern times hold such fascination? Julian Novitz discusses these questions with Paddy Richardson, Elise McCune, Justin Sheedy and Julian Leatherdale.

I have been busy writing book number two most of 2016 but am happy to announce I am giving three talks about Palace of Tears around Sydney later this year (2017). They are:

(1) 2.00pm on Saturday 21 October, The Ku-Ring-Gai Historical Society at Gordon

(2) 11.00 am, Saturday 4 November, Eastern Farms Chapter (Eastwood) of the Fellowship of First Fleeters.

(3) 2.00 pm Saturday 9 December, at the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA) for the City of Sydney Historical Association

Cheers

Julian


 

Angie loved Mr Fox's magnificent, absurd hotel. In fact, it was her one true great love. But ... today Angie was so cross, so fed up with everybody and everything, she would probably cheer if a wave of fire swept over the cliff and engulfed the Palace and all its guests.

A sweltering summer's day, January 1914: the charismatic and ruthless Adam Fox throws a lavish birthday party for his son and heir at his elegant clifftop hotel in the Blue Mountains. Everyone is invited except Angie, the girl from the cottage next door. The day will end in tragedy, a punishment for a family's secrets and lies.

In 2013, Fox's granddaughter Lisa, seeks the truth about the past. Who is this Angie her mother speaks of: 'the girl who broke all our hearts'? Why do locals call Fox's hotel the 'palace of tears'? Behind the grandeur and glamour of its famous guests and glittering parties, Lisa discovers a hidden history of passion and revenge, loyalty and love.

A grand piano burns in the night, a seance promises death or forgiveness, a fire rages in a snowstorm, a painter's final masterpiece inspires betrayal, a child is given away. With twist upon twist, this lush, strange mystery withholds its shocking truth to the very end.