The Women’s Pages, Purman’s latest novel

Australian fiction author, speech writer and former radio journalist, Victoria Purman was in Two Wells last month, promoting her new book “The Women’s Pages”.

Her latest novel, “The Women’s Pages”, was published in September 2020 and is set in Sydney in post-war 1945.

It tells the story of journalist Tilly Galloway who has lost her job as a war correspondent and is forced into the only newspaper job available to her – writing advice on fashion and make-up for the women’s pages.

Born and bred in Adelaide, Purman is an Australian ’Top Ten’ bestselling fiction author.

She welcomed the opportunity to be back in front of a crowd following a 2020 that was in upheaval world-wide.

“It’s so nice to be in front of a crowd; we’ve been very lucky in this country, and this state, that we’re able to gather like this,” she said.

Purman spoke about her writing journey so far, telling those gathered much about her previous book “The Land Girls”, which brings to life the little-known stories of women who joined the Australian Women’s Land Army in World War II.

“Women’s stories are often overlooked and that’s often where the biggest injustices were.

“I’m interested in the stories behind the war, guns and soldiers, and battles.”

Purman also spoke about her much-loved novel “The Last of the Bonegilla Girls”, describing it as a celebration of multicultural Australia based on her mother’s post-war migration experiences.

Purman was invited to speak in Two Wells as part of Adelaide Plains Council’s library services’ program.

The next author event will feature former stockman and South Australian autobiographer, Dean Jamieson.

Bookings for this free event will be available in early April.

Contact the Two Wells Public Library on 8520 2100 to book or for more information.

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