I was visiting Dangar Island on the Hawkesbury River and I thought: What a wonderful setting for a novel. So I created the fictitious ‘Scribbly Gum Island’ also on the Hawkesbury, and made it home to a mystery, partly inspired by the famous story of the abandoned ship, the Mary-Celeste. It also features a single woman in her late thirties who was desperate to have a baby – which is exactly what I was at the time of writing. I’m especially fond of the characters in this book – not just because one of them was based on me!
“A stunner several shades darker than typical chick lit…Moriarty’s prose turns from funny through poignant to frightening in an artful snap” PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY (Starred review)
“This endearing story, like life, is a mix of the sad, the happy, the absurd and the magical” AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S WEEKLY (Book of the Month)
“Original and entertaining…deeply affecting” THE AUSTRALIAN
More than one reader has told me that they have tried to find out how to get to Scribbly Gum Island. It’s a fictional island – but I wish I could go there too.
The next best thing is to take a ferry from Brooklyn and visit Dangar Island on the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney