KI author Darry Fraser launches new book ‘The Widow of Ballarat’

LAUDED AUTHOR: Kangaroo Island author Darry Fraser is about to launch her latest novel, ‘The Widow of Ballarat’.

LAUDED AUTHOR: Kangaroo Island author Darry Fraser is about to launch her latest novel, ‘The Widow of Ballarat’.

Kangaroo Island author Darry Fraser is about to launch her latest novel, ‘The Widow of Ballarat’.

Join Darry and friends for an afternoon gin at 2pm on Saturday, November 24 at a pre-launch debut in the Gin Garden at Kangaroo Island Spirits.

The Widow of Ballarat will have its mainland launch at Dymocks in Adelaide on Wednesday, November 28.

Darry meanwhile will also officially launch the ‘Bling Thing’ exhibition at Fine Art Kangaroo Island at 6pm on Thursday, November 22. 

Catch up with Darry’s latest news and her back catalogue at her Facebook page

Darry Fraser is an author of Australian historical and contemporary fiction, who lives and works on Kangaroo Island.

Writing is her journey. After years of being e-published, ‘Daughter of the Murray’, an Australian historical, was published with Harlequin MIRA in 2016.

Her next book, ‘Where The Murray River Runs’ was released in December, 2017. A privately commissioned novel is also being written.

For Darry, writing is her journey and the Australian landscape – rural, coastal, and desert – is her home and hearth.

History, hidden catalysts, and powerful connections between humans drive her stories. 

Well-developed characters and layered stories woven with passion denote her love of telling a great tale.

​She is a daughter, a sister, and an aunty, and mother to Hamish the Wonder Dog.

She has an extreme fondness for plain potato crisps, dark chocolate, fresh licorice, and loves a bold berry-flavoured red wine, not necessarily at the same time, according to her website.

The Widow of Ballarat is a compulsively readable story of passion, adventure and a woman's quest for independence set against the colourful backdrop of 19th century Bendigo and the goldfields of Ballarat.

Rich in historical detail, this novel is set during the events of the Eureka Stockade.

It’s 1854, Ballarat, Victoria, when Nell Amberton's husband is shot dead by a bushranger, there are few who grieve his passing, and Nell least of all.

How could she miss the monster who had abused her from the day they wed – the man who had already killed his innocent first wife? But his death triggers a chain of events that seem to revolve around the handsome bushranger who murdered him – a man to whom Nell, against her better judgement, is drawn.

But Nell has far more than a mysterious stranger to worry about.

With a mess of complications around her late husband's will, a vicious scoundrel of a father trying to sell her off in matrimony, and angry relatives pursuing her for her husband's gold, she is more concerned with trying to ensure her safety and that of her friend, goldfields laundry woman Flora, than dealing with the kind of feelings that led her astray so catastrophically before.

After the violence on the goldfields, Nell's fate also hangs in the balance.

It seems that, after all, she might need to do the one thing she has avoided at all costs...ask for the help of a man.