We know that it's a particularly tough time for writers who have had new books released in the past few months, with the cancellation of book launches, author tours, and other appearances such as writers festivals. Writers Victoria is helping to get the word out about books puyblished by our members during this time with our #WVMemberBooks initiative - we're posting these books on our social media channels and here with information about the books and links through to where you can buy them to support the author. Visit this page for regular updates and additions to our #WVMemberBooks list, and if you'd like us to feature your book here, get in touch.
The Shifting Landscape, by Katherine Kovacic
The third book in the Alex Clayton art mystery series (following ‘The Portrait of Molly Dean’ and ‘Painting in the Shadows’).
Art dealer Alex Clayton travels to Victoria’s Western District to value the McMillan family’s collection. At their historic sheep station, she finds an important and previously unknown colonial painting – and a family fraught with tension. When the family patriarch dies under mysterious circumstances and the painting is stolen, Alex decides to leave; then a toddler disappears and Alex’s faithful dog Hogarth goes missing. With fears rising for the safety of both child and hound, her attempts to unravel the McMillan family secrets have put Alex in danger, and she’s not the only one. Will the killer claim another victim? Or will the landscape reveal its mysteries to Alex in time?
Katherine Kovacic is a former veterinarian turned art historian who works with a wide variety of museums, galleries and historic houses. She lives in Melbourne with a Borzoi and a Scottish Deerhound.
For more information, visit Echo Publishing's website. You can follow Katherine on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and visit her author website.
To purchase a copy of The Shifting Landscape, visit your local bookstore in person or online, or order via an Australian owned & run online seller like Booktopia.
How to Grow a Family Tree, by Eliza Henry Jones
From the author of P is for Pearl comes a heart-warming book about family, friendship and what home can mean.
Stella may only be seventeen, but having read every self-help book she can find means she knows a thing or two about helping people. She sure wasn't expecting to be the one in need of help, though.
Thanks to her father's gambling addiction, Stella and her family now find themselves living at Fairyland Caravan Park. And hiding this truth from her friends is hard enough without dealing with another secret. Stella's birth mother has sent her a letter.
As Stella deals with the chaos of her family, she must also confront the secrets and past of her 'other' family. But Stella is stronger than she realises.
Eliza Henry Jones is a freelance writer and novelist based on a little farm in the Yarra Valley in Victoria. She is the author of the novels In the Quiet (2015) and Ache (2017) and the young adult novels P is for Pearl (2018) and How to Grow a Family Tree (2020). Eliza's novels have been listed for multiple awards and she is currently a PhD candidate in creative writing at Deakin University.
"This engaging novel for young adults doesn't sugar-coat the difficult sides of life but it has substantial stretches of hope and beauty. It covers a lot of social ground, from such topics as adoption and financial trouble to the full awfulness of addiction [...] but the plot and characters are always paramount" – The Age
To purchase a copy of How to Grow a Family Tree, visit your local bookstore in person or online, or order via an Australian owned & run online seller like Booktopia.