Widow's Lace

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A hundred year old mystery, the widow left behind, a fallen soldier, an unnamed body and a young student determined to find the truth.

In 1886 famous English poet Edward Barrington moves from Derbyshire, England to a farm on the Finniss River, in South Australia. Two years later he disappears.

25 years later Archie Hargraves abandons his fiancée Clara and travels from England to meet with Edward’s widow, Rosalind. He plans to write a biography and make a name for himself, independent from his wealthy father. Returning to England in 1914 he abandons his work to join the war in Europe. His journal of notes from Australia is never released.

Ellie Cannon, a young PhD candidate at Sydney University, is writing a thesis on one of Barrington’s last known poems, The Fall. It’s not going well. Struggling with her relationship with her mother and loss of her father, Ellie is on the brink of failure.

Then a body is found by the Finniss River, 130 years after Edward’s disappearance. Could it be the famous poet?

The discovery draws Ellie into the worlds of Edward, Archie and Clara, taking her across Australia and England in her search for the truth.

Covering life in remote South Australia, the social pressures of 1900s Britain and the historical role of women, Widow’s Lace is an historical fiction, mystery cross-over dealing with themes of obsession, fear, love, inner-secrets and regret. But also the hope that can come from despair.

Author's Note

Back in 2004 I took a trip up the Finniss River with my family. The Finniss River is a tributary of the Lower Lakes in South Australia, near to the township of Goolwa and the Coorong National Park, where the Murray River meets the sea.

The river is quiet and winding, its banks covered in reeds. Teeming with birdlife and buzzing insects, the river feels isolated from modern life, despite its proximity to rural communities. 

The idea of someone living alone on its banks came to me and I was inspired to discover why someone would make a life there alone, cut off from the rest of the world. The seed of a story that would grow into Widow's Lace was planted.

Over the next decade I honed the idea and my writing skills until in 2018 I was ready to begin.

Now, in 2020 I have completed my debut novel.  I hope you enjoy the story as much as I have enjoyed the process of writing it.