Photos of Perth in the late 1890s and early 1900s have been an invaluable source of information and inspiration for my next book. They’ve helped me to add details about streetscapes and buildings and describe the clothes that people wore at the time.

Cottesloe Beach is only mentioned in passing in the story, but I thought I’d share this photo of the beach in 1907. It gives a fascinating glimpse into how life has changed since then! The photo comes from the State Library of WA collection. (If you’re a subscriber to my Readers List, I’ve included a link to my Pinterest board, with more photos like this, in my latest newsletter.)

Good news for anyone with an Australian Amazon account who has been waiting for a paperback version of my book “Susan“. It’s now available on the Australian site. I was pleased to see a review of the book appeared on the Australian Women Writers Challenge in its round up of History, Memoir and Biography in April.

Another glimpse of Perth past