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Felicity McLean Felicity McLean i(A135878 works by)
Gender: Female
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y separately published work icon The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 2019 14974949 2019 single work novel mystery

'A compulsive, note-perfect debut for fans of The Virgin Suicides and Picnic at Hanging Rock

''We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song and when one came back, she wasn't the one we were trying to recall to begin with.'

'Tikka Molloy was eleven and one-sixth years old during the long hot summer of 1992, growing up in a distant suburb in Australia surrounded by encroaching bushland. That summer, the hottest on record, was when the Van Apfel sisters – Hannah, the beautiful Cordelia and Ruth – mysteriously disappeared during the school's Showstopper concert, held at the outdoor amphitheatre by the river.  Did they run away? Were they taken?  While the search for the sisters unites the small community, the mystery of their disappearance has never been solved.

'Now, years later, Tikka has returned home, to try to make sense of that strange moment in time. The summer that shaped her.  The girls that she never forgot. 

'Brilliantly observed, spiky, sharp, funny and unexpectedly endearing, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone is part mystery, part coming-of-age story – with a dark shimmering unexplained absence at its heart. '  (Publication summary)

2020 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
2020 winner APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover Cover designed by Mark Campbell
2020 shortlisted Indie Awards Debut Fiction
y separately published work icon Body Lengths : A Story About Growing Up in Bathers Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2015 8859196 2015 single work autobiography

'Leisel Jones is rightly regarded as one of the greatest breaststrokers ever. At just fifteen, she won two silver medals at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000; she went on to win gold at Athens and Beijing, and at London 2012 became the first Australian swimmer to compete at four Olympics.

'For the first time, Leisel candidly describes what it's like to be thrust into the limelight so young. She reveals the constant pressure she was under – from coaches, from the media and from herself – to be perfect. Despite the highs of her swimming stardom, she suffered depression, and at one time planned to take her own life. In London, criticised in the media for her weight, and appalled by the bulling and dysfunction in the Australian swim team, Leisel nevertheless handled herself with great composure. She has emerged with maturity and good humour, having finally learnt how to be herself and live with confidence.

'Body Lengths is the inspiring story of an Australian sporting hero, told with humour, optimism and style.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Small Publishers' Adult Book of the Year
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