Jessie Cole grew up in an isolated valley in northern New South Wales. In 2009 she was awarded a HarperCollins Varuna Award for Manuscript Development, and her work has appeared in Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin, and the Big Issue. Nowadays, she lives in her childhood home with her two sons. Jessie's latest novel Deeper Water has just been released.
The story of an African-American woman, Sethe, who escapes slavery in the South only to be rounded up by her ‘owners’. Sethe kills her beloved baby daughter so she cannot be taken back, and the baby’s ghost eventually reappears in human form to claim her retribution. An amazing treatise on intergenerational trauma, Beloved was the first book I read that showed me the power of literature. Of course, I knew about slavery, but I didn’t know about slavery. I could almost feel my mind busting open to accommodate this new empathy and understanding. After reading it, I saw the world through different eyes. I was changed.
Just a test.On January 1, 2012
When Jenn J McLeod quit Sydney’s corporate communications chaos, she bought a little café in a small town and ran a unique, dog-friendly B&B in country NSW. Home now is...On November 18, 2014
Gloria Steinem’s article in 1969 After Black Power, Women’s Liberation gave her a national following and elevated her to the status of feminist leader. Emma Watson is a fan. She...On March 9, 2016
Watch award-winning author Patrick Ness read form his upcoming book, The Rest of Us Just Live Here.On July 21, 2015
John Green, New York Times bestselling author has written a heartfelt novel about the importance of living life despite the shadow of death.On January 14, 2013
By Sophia WhitfieldOn December 3, 2012