How the book came about
Australian writers Graeme and Elsie Johnstone lived in Dublin, Ireland, for a year researching and working on Lover Husband Father Monster. They swapped their Melbourne house with an Irish couple and lived in a cul-de-sac in a newish suburb, surrounded by husbands and wives doing their best for their growing families. It provided them with invaluable insight into how the Irish go about their daily lives. This is captured in the book.
The story is unique because it is told in two voices, giving readers the opportunity to see and compare the situation unfold from both perspectives.
About the authors
Elsie is a member of a large extended family from a small fishing village on the south east coast of Australia. She was a primary school teacher and special education specialist, but over the years also worked as an office cleaner in London, kitchen hand, shop assistant, waitress, photographer, Avon sales representative and betting shop clerk. Working as a wordsmith’s assistant encouraged her to develop her writing skills. This is her second book, following Our Little Town, a snapshot of life in a small fishing village across five generations.
Since then Elsie has two more books, Ma's Garden (2012) a gentle tale of life in a small Australian country town at the turn of the twentieth century.
'Around the Kitchen Table' (2012) a collection of short stories and poems which ponder the meaning of life and death.
Graeme had a long and successful career in professional journalism on a variety of newspapers and magazines. He worked for Australia’s biggest selling newspaper, The Sun/Herald Sun, writing its popular daily column, A Place In the Sun, for seven years, catching the vibe of Melbourne and entertaining more than 1.3 million readers every morning. Later he and Elsie established The Wordsmith’s Shop, writing material for commercial, corporate and personal clients. His first novel, The Playmakers, was based on the premise that William Shakespeare did not write the plays ascribed to him.
Grame also writes for musical theatre. His recent triumph 'Normie' premiered in Melbourne and takes the audience for a trip through Australia in the sixties through the conduit of pop star Normie Rowe. It will go onto the bigger stage.
Elsie and Graeme Johnstone can be contacted on +61 3 9583 2536. Elsie is also available on +61 430 030 113 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, while Graeme can be reached on +61 419 106 012 or at email@example.com.
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