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Barbara Hannay Barbara Hannay i(A73731 works by) (birth name: Barbara Gweneth Dow)
Born: Established: 1950 Kogarah, Arncliffe - Bexley - Rockdale area, Rockdale - Kogarah area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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Barbara Hannay earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Queensland University and became an English teacher in country Queensland. After completing a creative writing course, she began to have short stories published in the Australian Women's Weekly and Woman's Day.

Hannay has used her local knowledge of Townsville, North Queensland, in the settings for the romance novels she has written for Mills and Boon. Her novels have been published in Australia, the UK, New Zealand and the USA.

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y separately published work icon The Garden of Hopes and Dreams Melbourne : Michael Joseph , 2021 21543135 2021 single work novel

'From award-winning novelist Barbara Hannay comes a timely and uplifting story about the importance of community and connection.

'Can love and friendship blossom on a rooftop?

'The residents in Brisbane's Riverview apartment block barely know each other. They have no idea of the loneliness, the lost hopes and dreams, being experienced behind their neighbours' closed doors.

'Vera, now widowed, is trying her hardest to create a new life for herself in an unfamiliar city environment. Unlucky-in-love Maddie has been hurt too many times by untrustworthy men, yet refuses to give up on romance. Ned, a reclusive scientist, has an unusual interest in bees and worm farms. Meanwhile, the building's caretaker Jock has all but given up hope of achieving his secret dream.

'When a couple of gardening enthusiasts from one of the apartments suggest they all create a communal garden on their rooftop, no one is interested. Not at first, anyway. But as the residents come together over their budding plants and produce, their lives become interconnected in ways they could never have imagined.

'From award-winning novelist Barbara Hannay, The Garden of Hopes and Dreams is a timely and uplifting story about the importance of community and the healing power of connection.' (Publication summary)

2021 finalist Australian Romance Readers Awards Favourite Contemporary Romance
y separately published work icon The Grazier's Wife Melbourne : Penguin , 2016 9481855 2016 single work novel

'For three generations of Australian women, becoming a grazier's wife has meant very different things.

'For Stella in 1946, it was a compromise in the aftermath of a terrible war.

'For Jackie in the 1970s, it was a Cinderella fairytale with an outback prince.

'While for Alice in 2015, it is the promise of a bright new future.

'Decades earlier, Stella was desperate to right a huge injustice, but now a long-held family secret threatens to tear the Drummond family of Ruthven Downs apart. On the eve of a special birthday reunion, with half the district invited, the past and the present collide, passions are unleashed and the shocking truth comes spilling out.

'From glamorous pre-war Singapore to a vast cattle property in Queensland's Far North, this sweeping, emotional saga tests the beliefs and hopes of three strong women as they learn how to hold on to loved ones and when to let go.' (Publication summary)

2017 finalist Romance Writers of Australia, Romantic Book of the Year Award Long Romance
y separately published work icon The Secret Years Melbourne : Penguin , 2015 8300030 2015 single work novel romance

'Some family secrets are best set free.

'When Lucy Hunter stumbles upon her grandfather Harry's World War II memorabilia, she finds a faded photograph of a stunning young woman known simply as 'George' and a series of heartfelt letters. They are clues about the secret years, a period of Lucy's family history that has been kept a mystery . . . until now.

'How did a cattleman from north Queensland find forbidden love with the Honourable Georgina Lenton of London and persuade her to move to his isolated outback property? And why are the effects of this encounter still reverberating in the lives of Lucy and her mother, Rose, now?

'As the passions of the past trickle down the years, three generations of one family pull together. Each must learn in their own way how true love can conquer the greatest challenges of all.

'From the wild beauty of the Australian bush to England's rugged south coast, this is a deeply moving story of heartbreak, heroism and homecoming by a beloved, multi-award-winning author.' (Publication summary)

2015 finalist Australian Romance Readers Awards Favourite Contemporary Romance
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