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1 2 y separately published work icon Goodbye Lullaby Jan Murray , Chatswood : Mira Books , 2012 Z1894382 2012 single work novel

'In September 1971, 181 numbered marbles roll around in a barrel while Australia holds its breath. The last number drawn will shatter two women's lives, and bring them together again…

'Sixteen-year-old Caroline ‘Miki' Patrick confides to her best friend — the outspoken, smart-mouthed Jude — that she's pregnant. Miki's parents place her in the iron embrace of St Anthony's, a home for wayward girls, with the scheming Sister Angela pressuring her to give up her baby. But Jude convinces Miki they can raise the child, and together they make a pact and take to the road.

'But the teenagers are ill-prepared for the hardships they face, and after one particularly difficult night, fate separates them. Alone, poor and scared for her baby's welfare, Miki ultimately surrenders Dominic to the home.

'Two decades later, Miki is a dangerous woman, and she's on the run. A vocal anti-war activist who assists draft dodgers, Miki is hiding from the Federal Police and never stays in one place very long. That is, until Dominic's birthday is drawn in the conscription lottery and Jude steps back into her life.

'Now Miki and Jude will stop at nothing to be reunited with him…'

Source : publisher's blurb

1 y separately published work icon Sheer Madness : Sex, Lies and Politics Jan Murray , Chatswood : Mira Books , 2010 Z1683279 2010 single work autobiography

'Sheer Madness: Sex, Lies and Politics explodes off the page with honesty and humour.

'Jan Murray - known to millions of Australians as the Cabinet Minister's wife who rocked the nation with her cheeky 60 Minutes revelation of having sex on his desk - now goes hell-for-leather to tell her story.

'A deaf-eared kid from a working-class family who left school at fourteen, Jan married her teenage heart-throb and had five children by the age of twenty eight. She discovered feminism in her thirties, studied for a university degree, became a Canberra political insider, ran a successful PR company, and mixed it with princes, presidents and pop stars before, devastatingly, hitting the wall.

'Hers is a story that packs a mighty punch; sometimes biting and often enlightening but always entertaining!'

Source: Mosman City Council website,
Sighted: 13/04/2010