ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- When Paula's dearest friend Stacey and her children are violently killed by the man who professed to love them deeply, Paula is deeply traumatised. Afterall, she is a GP and should have been able to protect her friend. So when a patient comes into her surgery with injuries she says are accidental, and the patient's son exhibits behaviours Paula recognises, she agonises over the right way to help.
And who should she help? The woman and her son, or the husband who becomes a patient? Driven by the need to do the right thing, Paula takes a step into a moral quagmire from which she will struggle to escape. Or is it a moral dilemma, when she can help the helpless? A clever novel of philosophical quandaries, of love and punishment, driven by strong characterisation and a gripping plot. Lindy
Debra Oswald is a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. She is a two-time winner of the NSW Premier's Literary Award and author of the novels Useful (2015) and The Whole Bright Year (2018). She was creator/head writer of the first five seasons of successful TV series Offspring. Her stage plays have been performed around the world and published by Currency Press. Gary's House, Sweet Road and The Peach Season were all shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Award. Debra has also written four plays for young audiences - Dags, Skate, Stories in the Dark and House on Fire. Her television credits include award-winning episodes of Police Rescue, Palace of Dreams, The Secret Life of Us, Sweet and Sour and Bananas in Pyjamas. Debra has written three Aussie Bites books for kids and six children's novels, including The Redback Leftovers, Getting Air and Blue Noise. Debra has been a storyteller on stage at Story Club and will perform her one-woman show, Is There Something Wrong With That Lady?, in 2021.