Anna Romer grew up in a family of book-lovers and yarn-tellers, which inspired her lifelong love affair with stories. A graphic artist by trade, she also spent many years travelling the globe stockpiling story material from the Australian outback, then Asia, New Zealand, Europe and America.
Her novels reflect her fascination with forgotten diaries and letters, dark family secrets, rambling old houses, and love in its many guises—as well as her passion for the uniquely beautiful Australian landscape.
When she’s not writing (or falling in love with another book), Anna is an avid gardener, knitter, bushwalker and conservationist. She lives on a remote bush property in northern NSW. Her latest novel, Lyrebird Hill, has just been released.
A huge epic about a boy with a special talent for creating mechanical scarecrows, and his journey into adulthood as a German Jew during the Second World War. The novel explores many themes – friendship and betrayal, the seductive power of creativity, the distorting impact of war on the individual – but it was the strangeness and depth of the characters that cast their spell on me. I didn't want the story to end... so I allotted a page a day and made it last for many months. That was thirty years ago, yet the intriguing tapestry of stories woven through this novel still inspires me today.
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