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About Fiona Higgins
Fiona Higgins is the author of four novels and a memoir: An Unusual Boy, Fearless, Wife on the Run, The Mothers’ Group and Love in the Age of Drought. She writes predominantly about contemporary life, with a special interest in intimate relationships, families and human vulnerability.
Outside of writing, Fiona has tertiary qualifications in the humanities and social sciences and works in the Australian not-for-profit sector. She lives with her family in Sydney and enjoys ocean swimming, board games and log cabins.
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'The gripping tale of an exceptional, misunderstood child... This book will get people talking for sure' Sally Hepworth
Meet Jackson - a very unusual boy in a world that prefers 'normal'...
Julia Curtis is a busy mother of three, with a husband often away for work, an ever-present mother-in-law, a career, and a house that needs doing up. Her fourteen-year-old daughter, Milla, has fallen in love for the first time, and her youngest, Ruby, is a nine-year-old fashionista who can out-negotiate anyone.
But Julia’s eleven-year-old son, Jackson, is different. Different to his sisters. Different to his classmates. In fact, Jackson is different from everyone. And bringing up a child who is different isn’t always easy.
Then, one Monday morning, Jackson follows his new friend Digby into the school toilets. What happens inside changes everything; not only for Jackson, but for every member of his family. Julia faces the fight of her life to save her unusual boy from a world set up for ‘normal’.
An extraordinary boy. The mother who loves him. The fight of their lives.
Bestselling novelist Fiona Higgins returns with a heart-stopping, devastating, but ultimately uplifting story about loyalty, love and forgiveness.
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'An Unusual Boyis the gripping tale of an exceptional, misunderstood child. I found myself glued to this book from start to finish. While reading it, you can’t help but become Jackson’s mother, and the mother of every child who is misunderstood in our society. This book will get people talking for sure.' Sally Hepworth bestselling author of The Mother-in-Law andThe Family Next Door
'An Unusual Boy is a beautifully-written book and a page-turner, but it’s the powerful descriptions of family relationships and friendship, both toxic and supportive, that will stay with me. Ultimately uplifting and hugely emotional, this is a wonderful and unusual book.’ Louise Douglas, bestselling author of The House by the Sea
'A tender-hearted story of loving patience triumphing in the face of impossible odds. Original, engaging and beautifully written.' Amanda Brookfield
'An Unusual Boy' is the unforgettable story of an exceptional child and his flawed but loving family, told with Fiona Higgin's characteristic intelligence, deep empathy and insight.' Virginia Lloyd, author of Girls at the Piano
‘Absorbing, intelligent, moving and real, An Unusual Boy is a novel with both heart and brains... a story tailor-made for our times.’
Kylie Ladd, author of The Way Back
'Oh, how I fell in love with this charming book! Fiona Higgins manages to strike the perfect balance of humour and poignancy to create a heart-warming and insightful novel that oozes humanity. I defy any reader not to fall in love with young Jackson and his idiosyncratic 'super powers'.' Joanna Nell, author of The Single Ladies of the Jacaranda Retirement Village
'An Unusual Boy is not only a compelling read, it’s an important one. This tale of an ordinary family dealing with the complexities of raising an extraordinary child had me gripped from the very first page.
All those things no one ever tells you about motherhood. It's like secret mothers' business. Lots of my friends had babies before me, but not one of them ever told me it would be this hard. It's like a code of silence.
The Mothers' Group tells the story of six very different women who agree to regularly meet soon after the births of their babies.
Set during the first crucial year of their babies' lives, The Mothers' Group tracks the women's individual journeys - and the group's collective one - as they navigate birth and motherhood as well as the shifting ground of their relationships with their partners.
Each woman strives in her own way to become the mother she wants to be, and finds herself becoming increasingly reliant on the friendship and support of the members of the mothers' group. Until one day an unthinkably shocking event changes everything, testing their bonds and revealing closely-held secrets that threaten to shatter their lives.
When two technology-related disasters hit within days of each other, Paula knows her comfortable suburban life has been irrevocably blown apart. One involves the public shaming of her teenage daughter, the other is a discovery about her husband that shocks her to her core. With her world unravelling around her, Paula does the only thing that makes any sense to her: she runs away from it all.
She pulls her children out of school and takes off on a trip across Australia with her elderly father and his caravan. The only rule is No Technology - no phones, no Facebook, no Instagram, no tablets, games or computers. It's time to get back to basics and learn how to be a family again.
It all sounds so simple - and for a while, it is. But along the way Paula will meet new, exciting complications, and realise that running away is only a temporary solution. The past has to be faced before the future can begin.
A thrilling, tender and hugely entertaining story of loss, love and discovery from the bestselling author of The Mothers' Group.
Six strangers from across the world meet on the tropical island of Bali to attend a course designed to help them face their fears. Their backgrounds are as diverse as their fears - which range from flying, public speaking and heights, through to intimacy, failure and death.
Friendships and even romance blossom as the participants are put through a series of challenges which are unusual, confronting and sometimes hilarious. A week of fun in the sun suddenly turns into something far more serious, however, when the unthinkable happens - a tragic disaster that puts the group in deadly danger, testing the individual courage of every member.
Shocking, powerful and utterly gripping, Fearless takes you to the edge and makes you look down.
Un convincente retrato de la familia moderna con toda su fuerza y complejidad. Conmovedora, tierna y provocadora, esta novela atrapará a todas las lectoras.
La maternidad como nunca te la habían contado (Novela contemporánea)
Seis mujeres de Sídney se reúnen, a las pocas semanas de dar a luz, para compartir experiencias y recibir consejos de una puericultora. Cada una emprende su particular viaje emocional en el crucial primer año de vida de sus bebés, a la vez que exploran nuevos sentimientos y los cambios en la relación con sus parejas.
A pesar de sus distintas procedencias y circunstancias, las nuevas madres desarrollarán un vínculo más allá de sus bebés que las llevará a compartir sus problemas e ilusiones. Hasta que un trágico suceso sacará a la luz algunos secretos y pondrá a prueba su amistad.
En devenant mères, elles ne savaient pas ce qui les attendait.
En devenant mères, elles ne savaient pas ce qui les attendait.
Ginie, Made, Cara, Suzie, Miranda et Pippa n'ont rien en commun si ce n'est qu'elles viennent toutes d'avoir un enfant. Plus perturbées qu'elles ne le pensaient par cet heureux événement, elles se retrouvent régulièrement après leur accouchement pour discuter et échanger sur leurs expériences de la maternité et les difficultés qu'elles rencontrent au quotidien.
Chacune d'elles s'efforce à sa façon de devenir mère et se surprend à dépendre de plus en plus de l'amitié et du soutien des membres du groupe. Jusqu'au jour où l'impensable se produit, mettant les liens qui les unissent à l'épreuve et révélant des secrets capables de détruire leur vie.