THE latest novel by Kingsley’s Julia Taylor is in memory of WA’s once prosperous pioneering towns Siberia and Kanowna.
The historical novel Daughters of Siberia follows her ancestors’ journey from Ireland and Scotland to Victoria before her grandparents finally settled in Siberia at the turn of the century.
Taylor (79), who grew up between Siberia (also known as Waverley), Kanowna and Kalgoorlie, wrote the novel as a tribute to her mother and grandmother.
‘My children and grandchildren don’t know of these places; they’re gone, they’re ghost towns now,’ she said.
‘I just wanted it to be alive again, to bring my family’s life alive to them.’
This factual and well-researched novel is full of pictures from the archives of the Battye Library ” such as Kalgoorlie in the early 1900s, the New Norcia Convent and the Coolgardie horse coaches.
The novel is the third by Taylor, who wrote her first book 10 years ago.
She had previously written short stories and poetry.
Taylor will not make a profit from her books because she is selling them for less than they cost to make.
‘It’s not really about the money, it’s for the thrill of doing it,’ she said. ‘You don’t think about the money as much as getting it published.’
She has 40 copies left to sell before she starts her next project, a compilation of children’s stories.
Copies are $20, call 0415 520 815.
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