2011 sees the release of my new YA novel, black painted fingernails, by Allen & Unwin. The likely back-cover blurb goes something like this:
‘How about we toss a coin? Heads, it’s west and a lift. Tails, it’s still west, but no lift.’
James is heading into the country on a teaching round, but his life takes a new direction when a mysterious girl asks him for a ride. Sophie has him all worked out: you live with your parents and they bought you this car, and a very nice car it is too…
But gradually James gets past her wild hair and attitude, and Sophie trusts him with a secret she’s been keeping too long.
A captivating and tender-hearted story about living the life that’s true for you and being open to love.
I'm looking forward to talking about it as I visit my usual 150-odd schools this year. I've tours already booked for Victoria in February; Queensland in May; Fiji in July; and South Australia in October (planned to coincide with the Masters Games - yep, more football!).