“Across two continents, two sets of mothers and daughters are united by a dark mystery. A Perfect Square is a fine novel about the power of art to heal, and to disturb.” David Whish Wilson, Zero at the Bone.
When pianist Ginny Smith moves back to her mother’s house in Sassafras after the breakup with the degenerate Garth, synaesthetic and eccentric Harriet Brassington-Smythe is beside herself. She contrives an artistic collaboration to lift her daughter’s spirits: an exhibition of paintings and songs. Ginny reluctantly agrees.
While mother and daughter struggle with the elements of the collaborative effort, and as Ginny tries to prise the truth of her father’s disappearance from a tight-lipped Harriet, both are launched into their own inner worlds of dreams, speculations and remembering.
Meanwhile, another mother and artist, Judith, alone in a house on the moors, reflects on her own troubled past and that of her wayward daughter, Madeleine.
Set amid the fern glades and towering forests of the Dandenong ranges east of Melbourne, and on England’s Devon moors, A Perfect Square is a work of remarkable depth and insight
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I am the author of A Perfect Square, (Odyssey Books, September 2016), a work of literary fiction based loosely on ideas contained in my doctoral thesis, ideas developed by my daughter, pianist Elizabeth Blackthorn in her Honours dissertation in music (VCA, University of Melbourne) for which she received a 1st.
My writing has appeared in journals and websites around the world, including Paranoia Magazine, Mused Literary Review and On Line Opinion. I perform my literary works at events in a range of settings, give workshops in creative writing, and write book reviews. My reviews have appeared in Shiny New Books and Newtown Review of Books.
I have a PhD in Western Esotericism, which I received from the University of Western Sydney in 2006 for my research on the works of breakaway Theosophist Alice A Bailey, described as the ‘Mother of the New Age’.
I am currently at work on a novel, and an intriguing biography of the life and works of Alice A Bailey.
My areas of interest are the occult, spirituality and mysticism, and the idyllic island of Lanzarote.