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The Navy-blue Suitcase

Curious tales from a travelling life

Sally van Gent

The Navy-blue Suitcase
Why didn't my mother tell me about this wedding? Who was the plump, broad-shouldered man she married so long ago? And what of my father, who came to visit us at Christmas?

Growing up in her grandparents' house, Sally delights in her father's rare visits. But why does he leave so soon and where does he go? What are the secrets hiding in Sally's mother's navy-blue suitcase?

Throughout her unusual childhood in Yorkshire and adventurous life travelling the world, the mystery remains unsolved. Sally dines with the Bedouin, climbs aboard an oil tanker at midnight for a romantic rendezvous, and confronts black magic. After twenty years a nomad Australia becomes home and her stories continue, enough to fill a suitcase or two of her own.

Praise for The Navy-blue Suitcase:
'I liked this book. Sometimes memoir can be rather wearying, especially in its therapeutic manifestations when the author has a lot of misery or self-justification to get off her chest. But The Navy-blue Suitcase is not like that. It has optimism, humour, an indefatigable faith in a better future, and a powerful sense that life is what you make of it, no matter what cards you’ve been dealt.' - Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

'It is enjoyable reading and there are fine pencil drawings illustrating scenes throughout the book, adding to the old world charm.' - Helen Eddy, ReadPlus

'Van Gent has the admirable skill of making the ordinary events of life seem extraordinary.' - Dianne Dempsey, Bendigo Weekly

Sally van Gent has lived in twenty houses across the globe, but with handmade rugs, Arabian coffee pots and an assortment of dogs, each one became home. She finally settled on ten acres in the Bendigo bush where she planted a heritage apple orchard, the subject of her first book, Clay Gully.

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Category Biography/Autobiography/True Stories
Format Paperback
Size 215 x 153 mm
ISBN 9781743054062
Extent 208 pages
Price: AU$29.95 including GST
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