The Messenger and The Doorman

Hey Rose, cat

Glad you’re feeling better! Although, as your health improves so does your ‘tude – what’s that all about? It’s got whiskers on it!

Anyhow, a weird thing has been happening. You know, how I said I thought I’d read The Messenger. Well, yes, I had. The first time I read it, I was obsessed with the plot and solving the central mystery of the book. I won’t do spoilers here but suffice to say I was disappointed with the resolution.

But this time, kind of already knowing that things don’t wrap up that neatly, I’m just really enjoying the ride with Ed Kennedy. He’s a self-deprecating, caring cabbie who lives on his own with a stinky cross-breed called The Doorman. When Ed gets home from work he makes himself a coffee and one in The Doorman’s bowl, complete with sugar the way he likes it. I love this!


I reckon The Doorman looks something like this guy!

And there’s a whole heap of great cameo characters as well. So it’s weird, I’m letting myself just go along for the ride and it’s enjoyable. I must admit I’m getting a bit nervous as I approach the end because well, you know…

Also, I have this vague idea that Ed is some sort of Jesus/Saint character and that there’s a whole deeper level to this book that people (er, deeper than me) could really get off on.

Anyway, will be interested to see what you think.

Love 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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