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Mother Thorn: progress report

If you’re waiting for the linen-covered trade edition of Mother Thorn and Other Tales of Courage and Kindness, you’ll probably know already that there’s been a further delay in publication, as it was advertised as coming out on April 11. Unfortunately there was an issue with the printing, especially of the cover illustration.

We’re hoping for sample copies of the new, improved version very soon, and if they are OK the folks at Serenity Press can get things moving again (there has been a lot of work behind the scenes, but publisher and printer are in different countries, and in this time of Covid the system is not as streamlined as we might all wish.) I’ll keep you up to date with news here, and you can also email Serenity Press via their contact page with any queries. I have my fingers crossed that we’ll be able to do a launch on Zoom soon, and get copies into bricks and mortar bookshops and onto the pages of online booksellers.

Queries about publication and distribution outside Australia should go to Serenity Press. I know there are some plans, but we want to get this Australian edition out first – it can be ordered from anywhere in the world, with a capped postage rate that’s very reasonable.

Note: a very nice print on demand edition, as shown on my website, has been available since December 2020 in hardback or paperback – order via Serenity Press at the link above. It’s only the trade edition that is delayed.

Thanks for your patience, people. Also, Mother Thorn is shortlisted for some awards! I’ll blog separately about that.

Note: The toys in the image have their own stories. The one on the right (known as Cross Panda) is at least 48 years old and has been well loved by a couple of generations of family. The one on the left was found by me at the council dump, lying in the debris completely flat with a burn on his face. I rehabilitated him with a disinfectant bath, fresh stuffing, new button eyes, embroidered features and some bling to wear, and he has travelled to many countries in my suitcase over the years. His name is Sparkle. The floral bear who is reading to the little ones comes from a local craft shop that has now closed down. Her name is Bella.