Why The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle Author, Sophie Green is Channeling the Queen

Why The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle Author, Sophie Green is Channeling the Queen

During World War II the then Princess Elizabeth, aged 14, went on the BBC’s Children’s Hour and told the children of Great Britain, ‘We know – every one of us – that In the end all will be well.’ I’m channelling the spirit of HM The Queen at home – which, of course, doesn’t explain why I’m dressed like Jackie Collins – and planning to use it as a motto for the foreseeable future. While I’m taking steps to stay healthy because this is for the good of all, I’m also making the most of the opportunity to enjoy the company of books, music and a fake hen. I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well, tucked up inside and discovering new stories – because sharing stories is fundamental to all of us.

Stories can provide comfort and reassurance; they can make us feel less alone and less strange. They can inform us and carry us away to new places and times. Sometimes they make us feel a touch of schadenfreude too, and that’s okay! We read for different reasons at different times. If you’re looking to be transported but still anchored in this world, I recommend the magical realist books of Francesca Lia Block (published as YA, but this adult loves them). For a wild ride that is one of the most moving and glorious books I’ve ever read, go for Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.

Stories can also be found in songs, and for those who haven’t yet found the many wonderful stories to be found in Australian country music, please go straight to Fanny Lumsden and her new album, Fallow (and her other albums too). Also go to Harmony James, Lachlan Bryan and Bennett Bowtell & Urquhart. And if you’d like more recommendations, send me a message at @sophiegreenbooks

#AustraliaReadsAtHome

Facebook handles:

@francescaliablock

@davidmitchellbooks

@fannylumsdenmusic

@Harmony.James

@lachlanbryanmusic1

@Bennett.Bowtell.Urquhart.Music

Related Articles

Podcast: Sophie Green on How Her Spiritual Beliefs Influence her Writing

Podcast

5 August 2021

Podcast: Sophie Green on How Her Spiritual Beliefs Influence her Writing

    Friendships Always Seem Like They Should Come Easily: Sophie Green, Author of The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle, Talks About The Beauty of Friendship

    News

    1 August 2019

    Friendships Always Seem Like They Should Come Easily: Sophie Green, Author of The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle, Talks About The Beauty of Friendship

      It's Full of Secrets, Surprises, Heartache and Fun: Read an Extract of The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle by Sophie Green

      News

      31 July 2019

      It's Full of Secrets, Surprises, Heartache and Fun: Read an Extract of The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle by Sophie Green

        Wonderful. A Real Treat: Review of The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle by Sophie Green

        News

        23 July 2019

        Wonderful. A Real Treat: Review of The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle by Sophie Green

          First Book Club of the Year! The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green

          News

          7 February 2018

          First Book Club of the Year! The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green

            The Book That Was Born On Public Transport: Sophie Green

            News

            16 January 2018

            The Book That Was Born On Public Transport: Sophie Green

              Start reading The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club

              News

              22 August 2017

              Start reading The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club

                The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green

                News

                22 August 2017

                The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green

                  Publisher details

                  The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle
                  Publisher
                  Hachette
                  Genre
                  Australian Fiction
                  Released
                  23 July, 2019

                  Synopsis

                  The author of treasured Australian bestseller THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE FAIRVALE LADIES BOOK CLUB returns with a new novel perfect for your book clubIt's 1982 in Australia. THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER is a box office hit and Paul Hogan is on the TV.In a seaside suburb, housewife Theresa takes up swimming. She wants to get fit; she also wants a few precious minutes to herself. So at sunrise each day she strikes out past the waves.From the same beach, the widowed Marie swims. With her husband gone, bathing is the one constant in her new life.After finding herself in a desperate situation, 25-year-old Leanne only has herself to rely on. She became a nurse to help others, even as she resists help herself.Elaine has recently moved from England. Far from home and without her adult sons, her closest friend is a gin bottle.In the waters of Shelly Bay, these four women find each other. They will survive bluebottle stings and heartbreak; they will laugh so hard they swallow water, and they will plunge their tears into the ocean's salt. They will find solace and companionship, and learn that love takes many forms.Most of all, they will cherish their friendship, each and every day.'Reading this book was like snuggling beneath a warm beach towel after a bracing dip in the ocean.' - JOANNA NELLPraise for Sophie Green's THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE FAIRVALE LADIES BOOK CLUB'Tender, intimate, heartwarming, fulfilling and Australian as a lamb roast and full-bodied shirazThe Australian Women's Weekly'An absolute gem of a novel, with the most evocative sense of place . . . A treat for any book club' BETTER READING
                  Sophie Green
                  About the author

                  Sophie Green

                  Sophie Green is an author and publisher who lives in Sydney. She has written several fiction and non-fiction books, some under other names. In her spare time she writes about country music on her blog, Jolene. She fell in love with the Northern Territory the first time she visited and subsequent visits inspired the story in The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club.

                  Books by Sophie Green

                  COMMENTS

                  Leave a Reply

                  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *