The Messenger…when will be begin?

Dear Rose,

It seems you may be on the mend – alleluia! That calls for a DT meme:


The Messenger by Markus Zusak is our May book and neither of us have begun – not a



good sign. I have a strong feeling that I read this book many moons ago on a holiday in Queensland. I also have a funny feeling that I er, wasn’t swept away…but we shall see. I did love The Book Thief … The Messenger was his first book so you know, draw your own conclusions.BT

In case anyone is curious, I have not been slacking off on the reading front. In fact, I’ve recently read My Side of the Mountain and Hatchet for book group – both of which to be honest were quite tedious. But this month we’re doing MURDER – my suggestion – and I’m enjoying re-reading Arsenic for Tea. It’s the second in the brilliant Murder Most Unladylike  cover.jpg.rendition.460.707series and is set in period England, mostly in a girl’s boarding school and features all those wonderful Famous Five kind of things like secret passages, English tutors who turn out to be spies and loads of ‘bun breaks’.

I have also been trying to get my head around the fundamentals of Grammar (for readers who may not know I’m back at uni doing Prof Writing and Editing at RMIT) and prepare for the KidLit conference on Saturday where I will meet the editor of my dreams. I hope that doesn’t sound creepy!

Wish me luck…

Love you, Mum

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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