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Josephine Pennicott Josephine Pennicott i(A70358 works by)
Born: Established: Tasmania, ;
Gender: Female
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Josephine Pennicott spent her early childhood in Papua New Guinea. She worked for a considerable period as a nurse before undertaking a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in painting. She is also a graduate of the Australian College of Journalism. Her writings reflect her interest in myth, magic, fairytales, dreams, death and transformation. She has also written crime fiction. (Adapted from the author's website)

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y separately published work icon Currawong Manor Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2014 7579708 2014 single work novel

'Currawongs appearing at the manor in vast numbers had come to portend one thing... death was on its way.

'When photographer Elizabeth Thorrington is invited to document the history of Currawong Manor for a book, she is keen to investigate a mystery from years before: the disappearance of her grandfather, the notorious artist Rupert Partridge, and the deaths of his wife, Doris, and daughter, Shalimar. For years, locals have speculated whether it was terrible tragedy or a double murder, but until now, the shocking truth of what happened at the Manor that day has remained a secret.

'Relocating to the manor, Elizabeth interviews Ginger Lawson, one of Rupert's life models from the forties, and Dolly Shaw, the daughter of the enigmatic 'dollmaker' who seems to have been protected over the years by the Partridge family. Elizabeth is sure the two women know what happened all those years ago, but neither will share their truths unconditionally. And in the surrounding Owlbone Woods, a haunting presence still lurks, waiting for the currawongs to gather...

'An evocative tale set in the spectacular Blue Mountains, Currawong Manor is a mystery of art, truth and the ripple effects of death and deception.' (Publication summary)

2015 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
Shadows 2013 single work short story
— Appears in: Award Winning Australian Writing 2013 2013; (p. 137-150)
2012 winner Scarlet Stiletto Awards
y separately published work icon Poet's Cottage Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2012 Z1849311 2012 single work novel mystery 'Poets had always lived there, the locals claimed. It was as if the house called to its own...

When Sadie inherits Poet's Cottage in the Tasmanian fishing town of Pencubitt, she sets out to discover all she can about her notorious grandmother, Pearl Tatlow. Pearl was a children's writer who scandalised 1930s Tasmania with her behaviour. She was also violently murdered in the cellar of Poet's Cottage and her murderer never found.

Sadie grew up with a loving version of Pearl through her mother, but her aunt Thomasina tells a different story, one of a self-obsessed, abusive and licentious woman. And Pearl's biographer, Birdie Pinkerton, has more than enough reason to discredit her.

As Sadie and her daughter Betty work to uncover the truth, strange events begin to occur in the cottage. And as the terrible secret in the cellar threads its way into the present day, it reveals a truth more shocking than the decades-long rumours.

Poet's Cottage is a beautiful and haunting mystery of families, bohemia, truth, creativity, lies, memory and murder.' (Publisher's blurb)
2013 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
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