What goes on behind closed doors!

Dear Rose,


Liane Moriarty

I’ve been reading Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies. Liane wasn’t really on my radar and then I read an article about her in the Good Weekend about how she was one of Australia’s best-selling, littlest known authors. She’s been on the New York Times bestseller list – a lot. She’s got wealthy from writing! And she writes funny, insightful, literary chic-lit.

As you know, it’s a bit of a big move for me. Reading an adult novel and all. But the thing that I’m loving about this book is this…you get to see the face the characters present to the world and then what they’re like behind closed doors. The gulf is huge. There is one character, Celeste, who is beautiful and wealthy and yet her husband beats her. There’s another who’s a seemingly together single mother whose child was conceived by a thinly disguised rape. Yes, sorry, there are adult themes – it’s an adult book – but it manages to cover them with a lightness of touch that makes it so immensely readable without feeling heavy. Oh, there’s also a murder mystery thrown in for good measure and that keeps things interesting. She manages to structure the novel so you don’t know who the victim is and it’s quite interesting reading and trying to guess.


But this is something that I find fascinating. That idea that people are one way out in the world and another when you get past the surface. And if I might impart a little parental wisdom, I think this is a good thing to remind ourselves about from time to time. One of the best things about going to a recent meditation class was the teacher going around the room and getting everyone to say what had brought them there. People spoke in veiled terms about depression and a couple of folks with shiny eyes were evidently on the edge of a nervous breakdown. Oh God, is it horrible that I find this so wonderfully reassuring? Yes, my girl – even the cool kids have issues! Never forget!

Love you,

Mum xoxoxo



About Heather Gallagher

Heather lives in Ocean Grove with her beautiful family and a dog called Pip. She has a passion for quirky stories. Her first book, Ferret on the Loose, was published in 2013 and was recently listed on the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. The book was inspired by a girl and her ferret, who Heather interviewed while working as a freelance journalist for The Sunday Age. Her column, Yak Attack, ran in the Kids View section for more than a year and allowed Heather to profile people she thought would be of interest to kids. In 2014, she released her first picture book Happy Pants – Why is mummy so sad? This is NOT a story about ferret racing. Rather, it is a heartfelt story about a boy grappling with his Mum’s post-natal depression. Heather’s stories for children have appeared in black dog books Short & Scary anthology and Explore and Challenge magazines. Heather has experience in public speaking – both for children and adults. While, promoting Happy Pants she spoke to groups of counsellors, nurses, parents and at library events. She has presented writing workshops to primary-aged children. Last year, she was a presenter at the Sacred Edge festival and the Christian Writers’ Conference.
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