Author Keeping Up Appearances

Bestselling and multiple award-winning Australian author Tricia Stringer will be launching her latest novel, Keeping Up Appearances, at the Broken Hill Library this month.

The South Australian-based author has included Broken Hill on her national book launch tour.

With over 20 books under her belt, the popular author has plenty of experiences to draw on for her stories.

She grew up in country South Australia, and has spent most of her life in rural communities.

The former teacher and librarian has even owned a local post office and book shop, which are often the hub of information in remote and outback towns.


Some of her other works are Birds of a Feather, The Family Inheritance, Table for Eight and The Model Wife.

Being able to bring an author of Tricia Springer’s calibre to Broken Hill as part of her book launch tour is quite a coup.

According to Jessica Picken, Programs Officer with the Broken Hill Library, another big name in the literary world will be including Broken Hill on their book launch tour later in the year.

It was a fortunate set of circumstances that enabled the library to be able secure Ms Stringer to visit Broken Hill.

“We had a former employee, she is a euthanasic writer herself and she is part of a masterclass author group that was situated around the same region as Tricia Stringer,” Ms Picken said.

“She catches up with her on a regular basis, so we were put onto the circuit.

“With any luck we will keep getting authors whenever they launch new books.

“Tricia will be here and signing, you will be able to buy a book and have it signed and have a bit of a meet and greet with her as well,” Ms Picken said.

The event begins at 6.30pm on Wednesday October 26 with the library open from 6pm. Refreshments will be available.

Keeping Up Appearances examines female friendship, buried secrets and why honesty is –usually – the best policy in a small country town.

In the book, tensions simmer in the town of Badara and three women are going to need more than CWA sausage rolls and can-do community spirit to put things right.

Privacy is hard to maintain, so discovers single mum Paige when she and her three children arrive from the city seeking refuge.

Paige’s only respite from childcare and loneliness is the Tuesday gym club, where she had feared the judgement of the town matriarchs, but she is met only with generosity and a plethora of baked goods.

Besides, both the brusque Marion and her polished sister-in-law Briony are too busy dealing with their own dramas to examine hers.

Well-to-do farmer’s wife and proud mother Briony is in full denial of her family’s troubles.

Even with her eldest daughter’s marriage in ruins and her son Blake’s recent bombshell.

Suddenly Briony and husband Vince have a full house again – and the piles of laundry aren’t the only dirty linen that’s about to be aired.

For Marion, the unearthing of a time capsule – its contents to be read at the Celebrate Badara weekend – is a disaster.

She was only a teenager when she wrote down those poisonous words, but that doesn’t mean she won’t lose friends and family if they hear what she really thinks of them – especially as the letter reveals their darkest secrets to the world.

When the truth comes out for Badara, keeping up appearances may no longer be an option for anyone.

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