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Issue Details: First known date: 2003... 2003 The Secret Cure
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'There's a precise moment when you fall in love. If you're watchful and if you happen to be gazing at the person before that moment, during it, and afterwards, you actually see them change before your eyes... Their faces change their bodies change, their very bones dissolve to align themselves anew... You laugh at yourself, but underneath there seems a greater truth, that before, you saw them imperfectly, and now you see them as they truly are. So you become their hostage.

'This is the story of Eva, the cleaning lady in a small Australian scientific laboratory. No one from the lab remembers her as the junior technician who worked there years ago, and no one knows she is on a secret mission to discover a cure for her autistic child.

'The only one who knows the full story is reclusive Owen, and he's not telling anyone because he knows there's no honour in spying.

'But the day he saw Eva at the hospital was the day his life changed forever...

'The Secret Cure is a profoundly moving novel which explores new ways of what it means to be human, to be normal, to be honourable, to discover, and above all what it means to love.'

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Notes

  • Dedication: To a brother I never knew
  • Epigraph: I, with my melancholy, I, who often look upon myself as a despicable being, a good for nothing creature who should make his exit from life - I shall be upheld for ever by the thought that I am bound to Rousseau : From The Private Papers of James Boswell, quoted in The New Confessions by William Boyd, Penguin, London, 1987.
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Affiliation Notes

  • Writing Disability in Australia:

    Type of disability Autism, selective mutism.
    Type of character Primary.
    Point of view First person (alternating).

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Woolfe on the Prowl Christopher Bantick , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 1 April 2006; (p. 6)

— Review of The Secret Cure Sue Woolfe , 2003 single work novel
Doggedness - and a Love of Words and Stories William Suganda (interviewer), 2004-2005 single work interview
— Appears in: Newswrite : The NSW Writers' Centre Magazine , December - January no. 143 2004-2005; (p. 15)
Magic Cure Harris Jennifer , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Lesbians on the Loose , November vol. 14 no. 11 2003; (p. 19)

— Review of The Secret Cure Sue Woolfe , 2003 single work novel
The Many Faces of Love and Possession Bron Sibree , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 27 December 2003; (p. 6a)

— Review of The Secret Cure Sue Woolfe , 2003 single work novel
Eyes Spy the Science of Love Michelle Griffin , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4-5 October 2003; (p. 14)

— Review of The Secret Cure Sue Woolfe , 2003 single work novel
The Scurrying World Gillian Dooley , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 255 2003; (p. 43)

— Review of The Secret Cure Sue Woolfe , 2003 single work novel
Life and Love of a Mute Agoraphobic Ceridwen Spark , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 11 October 2003; (p. 5)

— Review of The Secret Cure Sue Woolfe , 2003 single work novel
Humanity Transcends the Speech Barrier Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 October 2003; (p. 6-7)

— Review of The Secret Cure Sue Woolfe , 2003 single work novel
Seduced by Science Katharine England , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 1 November 2003; (p. 9)

— Review of The Secret Cure Sue Woolfe , 2003 single work novel
The Secret History Caroline Baum , 2003 single work biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 4 October 2003; (p. 53, 55-56)
Doggedness - and a Love of Words and Stories William Suganda (interviewer), 2004-2005 single work interview
— Appears in: Newswrite : The NSW Writers' Centre Magazine , December - January no. 143 2004-2005; (p. 15)
y separately published work icon The Mystery of the Cleaning Lady : A Writer Looks at Creativity and Neuroscience Sue Woolfe , Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2007 Z1365293 2007 single work prose (taught in 2 units)
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