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Salvation Creek: An Unexpected Life

by Susan Duncan

At 44 Susan Duncan appeared to have it all. Editor of two of Australia’s top selling women’s magazines, a happy marriage, a jetsetting lifestyle covering stories from New York to Greenland, rubbing shoulders with Hollywood royalty, the world was her oyster.

But when her beloved husband and brother die within three days of each other, her glittering life shatters. In shock, she zips on her work face and soldiers on – until one morning eighteen months later when she simply can’t get out of bed.

Heartbreaking, funny and searingly honest, Salvation Creek is the story of a woman who found the courage not only to walk away from a successful career and begin again, but to beat the odds in her own battle for survival and find a new life – and love – in a tiny waterside idyll cut off from the outside world.

From the terrifying first step of quitting the job that had always anchored her to abandoning herself to a passionate affair that she knows will break her heart, Duncan never flinches from the truth or loses her wicked sense of humour. Even when she finds a paradise on earth only to discover that it may be too late. It’s been said that the greatest risk in life is not to take a risk.

#92 in  Australia’s Top 100 Favourite Homegrown Reads



About Susan Duncan

Susan Duncan enjoyed a 25-year career spanning radio, newspaper and magazine journalism, including editing The Australian Women's Weekly and New Idea. She now lives in her own patch of offshore paradise, Pittwater, in the beautiful home built for poet Dorothea Mackellar in 1925. Her bestselling memoir, Salvation Creek won the 2007 Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award and was shortlisted for the prestigious Dobbie Award, part of the Nita B Kibble awards for women writers. Its sequel, The House at Salvation Creek, was also a huge bestseller. She has now turned her hand to fiction and is the author of two novels: The Briny Cafe and Gone Fishing.

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