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Lynne Leonhardt

Finding Jasper

Lynne Leonhardt was born in Donnybrook in the South West of Western Australia. As a young adult, she worked overseas, travelling extensively during an extended six-year period. She later spent four years in the Riverina District of New South Wales. The author studied music and English literature at University of Western Australia while bringing up four children. She went on to do a PhD in Writing at Edith Cowan University. Her thesis earned her the Dean’s prize in 2008. For many years Lynne has lived in the Perth suburb of Claremont but enjoys retreating to the natural beauty of the South West with her husband whenever she can.

  • It is 1956, and twelve-year old Gin has arrived at the family farm, 'Grasswood', in the South West of Western Australia. She has been left in the care of her lively, idiosyncratic aunt, Attie, while her mother, an English war bride, returns home for a holiday. Gin is the youngest of three generations of very different women, whose lives are profoundly affected by the absence of Jasper: son, brother, husband, father. A fixed point in all their lives is the landscape, layered with beauty and fear, challenge and consolation, isolation and freedom. Beautifully written, Finding Jasper is an acute, sensitive search for love and a sense of self in a rapidly changing world.

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