It’s always a thrill when a your latest release goes live. This one is especially special. The story is based on my own family history!
About Emma’s Tapestry
At the dawn of World War Two, German-born nurse Emma Taylor sits by the bedside of a Jewish heiress in London as she reminisces over her dear friend, Oscar Wilde.
As the story of Wilde unravels, so does Emma’s past. What really happened to her husband?
She’s taken back to her days in Singapore on the eve of World War One. To her disappointing marriage to a British export agent, her struggle to fit into colonial life and the need to hide her true identity.
Emma is caught up in history, the highs, the lows, the adventures. A deadly mutiny, terrifying rice riots and a confrontation with the Ku Klux Klan bring home, for all migrants, the fragility of belonging.
Read more about the novel here – http://mybook.to/emmastapestry
Emma’s Tapestry came about when my mother and I decided to investigate what happened to my great-grandfather who disappeared in 1928, leaving my grandmother fatherless and bereft. The result of his disappearance has reverberated down the generations and explains why my grandmother and mother both migrated to Australia in the 1960s. Once I found out what really happened, I also made some amazing discoveries about the astonishing life my great-grandmother led. It was such a compelling story, I had to turn it into a novel.
The first chapter of Emma’s Tapestry was shortlisted for the Ada Cambridge Prose Prize 2019 and can be found in my short story collection All Because Of You.