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 thoroughly enjoyed our panel discussion at the Carrington Hotel on 16 May for the Sydney Writers' Festival. It was on the Dictionary of Sydney's Blue Mountains Icons Project and chaired by Dr Lisa Murray with fellow contributors Naomi Parry, Delia Falconer and John Low. We talked about our individual essays - mine was on the Hydro Majestic - and the way that writers, photographers, film-makers, famous visitors and artists have shaped our views of the Blue Mountains. It was a very responsive audience with excellent questions.

I also enjoyed my talk as one of two guest speakers at the Horizon Committee's annual Authors' Lunch, fundraising for the Royal Deaf and Blind Institute, at NSW Parliament House on 12 May. My fellow author was Lesley Truffle, "Hotel du Barry" (Random House, 2016) so we were two hotel novel authors! Marcia Yates, a member of the Foy family, was in attendance and gave me a gift of a Hydro Majestic plate - much appreciated.

The German edition of my book titled "The Girl Who Broke Our Hearts" published by HarperCollins Germany was released in April and is gathering lovely four and five star reviews. I am thrilled with the cover and the reception by German readers who enjoy the story and also - as I had hoped - the history of the internment of Australian-Germans in WWI and WWII.

I am also pleased to announce that the smaller B format of the book is being released by A&U. I ave received my author copies and it looks just as lovely as the larger C format. It will be hitting bookshops in June, 2016.

I am giving several more talks locally and further afield- the Springwood Garden Club on 11 August, 2016, the Middle Harbour Yacht Club at Mosman on 20 October 2016 and Sutherland Shire Library on 12 October, 2016. I have even been invited to join a book club for dinner at the Hydro in September!

In the meantime I am busy writing my next novel set in Elizabeth Bay and Kings Cross which I am hoping to finish this year.

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.