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The Story Thief

Kyra Geddes

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Affirm Press
01 May 2024
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'Kyra Geddes deftly weaves literature, history, and the possibility of truth to give the Drover's Wife a name. In doing so, she invites us to imagine the lives of other women whose stories have been told by men.'Pip Williams

'Brimming with evocative, authentic detail, The Story Thief brings a fresh, feminist perspective to Australian literature and art. Australian historical fiction at its finest.' Liane Moriarty

'A richly textured and immersive novel filled with defining moments, minute detail and compelling insights into the meaning of loss, love and family.' Nicole Alexander

'Vividly drawn - a delightful book.' Wendy Sharpe, multi-award winning Australian artist

Her family's story made Henry Lawson famous. But was it his story to tell? Fact and fiction meld into one in this stirring family saga set against shifting landscapes and pivotal moments in Australian history.

Lillian was born in 1892, the same year Henry Lawson wrote 'The Drover's Wife' and cemented his place in Australia's literary canon. When Lillian reads the short story as a teenager, she is convinced that it is based upon her own family and becomes determined to prove it. But as the years pass, the truth becomes more problematic, and Lillian must decide what is more important: holding onto the past or embracing the future.

The Story Thief is about mothers and daughters, love, loss and the power of words. Ultimately it is about how each of us must find our own way to live.

Imprint:   Affirm Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   506g
ISBN:   9781922992277
ISBN 10:   1922992275
Pages:   432
Publication Date:  
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

As the child of German immigrants, Kyra spent her infancy in the opal fields of South Australia. She now lives in Sydney with her husband and two children. Following a successful career in marketing, Kyra returned to university to study English and pursue her life-long dream of writing, publishing two short stories and earning the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Academic Excellence. The Story Thief is her debut novel, and the culmination of almost a decade of research and writing. Aside from reading, Kyra's passions include art, photography, foreign languages and travel.

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