Podcast: Lisa Ireland on Giving Older People a Voice in Her New Novel

Podcast: Lisa Ireland on Giving Older People a Voice in Her New Novel

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Lisa Ireland talks to Cheryl Akle about her life, her journey to becoming an author, and creating older characters, without the stereotypes.

About the author:

After working for many years as a teacher (and a brief stint as a professional organiser – before Marie Kondo made it cool), Lisa Ireland is now a full-time writer.

A few years ago, her husband convinced her to leave their much-loved Melbourne home to take up residence on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula. Now she can’t imagine living anywhere else. When she’s not writing, Lisa can be found running (okay, shuffling) along the nearby river track, drinking coffee at her favourite cafes or perusing the shelves of her local bookstore.

She loves eating but not cooking, is an Olympic-class coffee drinker, and (most importantly) minion to a rather large dog.

The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan is Lisa’s sixth novel.

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Reviews

Heartwarming & Charming: Read an Extract from Lisa Ireland's The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan

Review | Extract

13 May 2020

Heartwarming & Charming: Read an Extract from Lisa Ireland's The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan

    Read About the 'Gutsy Octogenarians' that Inspired Lisa Ireland's, The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan

    Review | Author Related

    11 May 2020

    Read About the 'Gutsy Octogenarians' that Inspired Lisa Ireland's, The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan

      Lisa Ireland's The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan is a Delightful Reprieve From the World

      Review | Our Review

      11 May 2020

      Lisa Ireland's The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan is a Delightful Reprieve From the World

        Synopsis

        'Elderly. Is that how the world sees me? A helpless little old lady? If only they knew. I allow myself a small smirk.'When Shirley Sullivan signs her 83-year-old husband, Frank, out of the Sunset Lodge Nursing Home, she has no intention of bringing him back.For fifty-seven years the couple has shared love, happiness and heartbreak. And while Frank may not know who his wife is these days, he knows he wants to go home. Back to the beach where they met in the early 1960s . . .So Shirley enacts an elaborate plan to evade the authorities - and their furious daughter, Fiona - to give Frank the holiday he'd always dreamed of.And, in doing so, perhaps Shirley can make amends for a lifelong guilty secret . . .
        Lisa Ireland
        About the author

        Lisa Ireland

        Although born and bred in the city of Melbourne, Australia, Lisa has always been a country girl at heart. After graduating from university, her love of horses, cattle dogs and tumbling-down farmhouses led her to accept a teaching position at a small school in rural Victoria. A flood, a bushfire, and countless snakes taught her there was more to life on the land than fluffy sheep and home baked scones! Lisa hopes her stories reflect the deep admiration she has for rural communities. She will never forget the hospitality she was shown as a wide-eyed city slicker, new to life in the bush.Lisa now lives in a small coastal town and spends her days dreaming up stories as she walks along the beach. (Don’t tell her husband — he thinks she’s there to watch him catching waves.) When not writing, reading or conducting conversations with characters in her head, Lisa is busy being mum to her three boys and trying her best to train her impossible but adorable Labrador.

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