25th - 27th August 2017
Power, Politics, Passion

Frances Isaac

Book Launch - Friday 25 August, 1pm

Location: Ferguson Room, National Library of Australia

Frances Isaac’s latest novel ISABEL I’ll walk with you again will be launched by Hon Gordon Ramsay MLA, the Minister for Arts and Community Events.

About ISABEL I'll walk with you again: Set in Queensland Australia between the years 1895 to 1910, ISABEL is a compelling tale of forbidden love, jealousy and bonds that shaped a woman’s life, much through emotion and the triumph of the human spirit. Even after her lover’s death, she is still not sure whether a life is possible with any other man, when the past returns with haunting thoughts.

Frances Isaac has been a fiction writer for over twenty-five years. She has worked as a journalist and freelance writer in Australia, and overseas including in England where she was a senior journalist in the Harrow observer in Middlesex.

About the Author

Frances Isaac has been a fiction writer for over twenty-five years. She has worked as a journalist and freelance writer in Australia, and overseas including in England where she was a senior journalist in the Harrow observer in Middlesex. 

Her previous books of fiction include, ‘Strands of Serendipity ’, the ‘Second Extended Edition of Strands of Serendipity,’ and ‘Footprints on Quicksand.’ Some of her stories have been prize winners and described as “literary gems.” Her work has been featured in publications and anthologies both in Australia and overseas. 

The theme of the novel “ISABEL I’ll walk with you again,” germinated when she worked as a journalist in the Pioneer Newspapers in Mackay in Queensland. The unique diversity of cultures she saw in Mackay became an inspiration and her extensive research, resulted in the novel Isabel. She researched extensively the historical aspects that are included in the novel, and webbed fiction with certain facts to write the story.

 

About the book

Set in Queensland Australia between the years 1895 to 1910, during the time of Federation, Isabel is a compelling tale of forbidden love, jealousy and bonds that shaped a woman’s life, much through emotion and the triumph of the human spirit. Isabel defies traditions to maintain her beliefs and ideals against all odds. Even after her lover’s death, she is still not sure whether a life with another man is possible, when the past returns to haunt her. She believes her dead lover’s very absence holding her captive, giving no room to move. 

The story is a layered journey into different worlds which conflict between the past and the present and the necessity for change, and explores the passionate relationship between Isabel, a white sugar planter’s daughter and Samolie, a Kanaka labourer. At heart a deeply moving story.

Buy the book "ISABEL: I’ll walk with you again" at the National Library of Australia's bookshop during the festival.

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