I’m on Ann Creber’s The Good Life 3MDR 97.2-1 FM (live streaming via website), today just after 3pm. I’ll be talking about current and future projects and how I make my characters behave as they should!! Hope you can tune in 🙂
Here are three more reviews this time posted on Amazon UK
“Asylum is an interesting novel, the writing is intelligent and the plot well thought out. Although this book started off a little slow, it built the pace and eventually became a keeper. I loved Yvette, she was such an interesting character to read about . An enjoyable and easy to read book, I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who fancies a good read.” – adamant_wigan
“Another Isobel Blackthorn page-turner.” – philcrit
“This book had me gripped. It was very hard to put it down!” – mash
If you’d like a copy, go to Odyssey Books or any online bookseller.
I’m reposting this fabulous review featured in the July 2015 edition of The Triangle community newspaper.
“Saturday, 20 June saw a wonderful gathering at the Well Thumbed Bookshop, Cobargo NSW, for the launch of Isobel Blackthorn’s latest book, Asylum. Starting the proceedings, Dr Heather O’Connor talked about our most wonderful and recently departed local, Neilma Ganter, found of Four Winds, Mumbulla Foundation and hundreds of other local organisations, who had learned from her father that money was meant to be spent on community, establishing a path of philanthropy in his family.
Dr Rosemary Beaumont then talked about the duality of meaning for the word asylum: a sanctuary, and a prison for the unwanted, along with the fact that 90% of Australians have come from migrant families, from poverty, or have come here to escape unbearable political situations. The movement of people has increased substantially, making the issue of refugees a worldwide issue.
Dr Beaumont discussed the fact that we live in a country that has taken a most inflexible approach to refugees, allowing shameful displays of cruelty, barbarity and inhumanity toward these people, before introducing Isobel, “a spirited individual, doing everything at 100%”.
She said that reading Asylum, she was struck by the author’s word-smithing, and her keen observation and crystalline intelligence, which come through the story.
The launch, hosted by the Well Thumbed team, was a wonderful gathering, with standing room only for those who didn’t arrive early. Asylum has been reviewed to be “the sort of book you want to savour”. It has enjoyed five star reviews and great feedback regarding its engagement. The intention of the book is to get people who don’t usually think about the plight of refugees to think and question the status of these people around the world and in particular in Australia, with her narrow perspectives and inhumane treatment of people in genuine need.” by Elizabeth Andalis