Sally Lachlan has a secret that has haunted her for a decade, is it now time to let it go? A chance meeting with the charismatic geneticist, Anthony Blake, reawakens her desire for love and at the same time, her daughter, Charlie, shows signs of wishing to know more about her father. Both the past and the future are places Sally prefers not to think about but if she wants to move towards a new love, she will first have to come to terms with her long-ago marriage. Only then will she be able, to be honest with Charlie. And herself.
Author Alison Booth
Welcome to my fiction website. I do hope you enjoy navigating your way around it.
My novels are about Australia. Wherever you have come
from, wherever you have grown up – you carry that place with
you for life, whether you’re running back to it or running away from it.
My bestselling Jingera trilogy is set in southern New
South Wales – and in Sydney – and centres mainly on the small coastal township of Jingera.
The books in the trilogy – Stillwater Creek (2010),
The Indigo Sky (2011) and A Distant Land (2012)- are published by Random
House Australia and have been reprinted a number of times.
All of the titles can be ordered from good bookstores
and are also available from online booksellers in both paper and
I was born in Melbourne and brought up in Sydney, and
spent over two decades studying, living and working in the UK before
returning to Australia in 2002. Married with two grownup daughters, I’m a
professor at the Australian National University and an ANU Public
Recent academic publications are listed at: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/booth-al
Interview with Martyn Pearce from the ANU Reporter, November 2012
Interview for Australian Literature Review, 21 November 2012
Interview with Jeanavive McGregor, Radio 2SER, 23 July 2012
Interview with Nicole Alexander, 29 May 2012
(.mp3 format – approx 16Mb download)
Podcast interview on ‘Published orNot’ with Jan Goldsmith, 3CR Radio, 28 June 2012(.mp3 format – approx 15Mb download)
Sydney Writers’ Centre Podcast interview with Valerie Khoo, 20 January 2011
Interview with Stephen Green page 24, “Margin Quarterly Magazine”, ANU CBE, Issue 3, Autumn 2011
My Review of “A Perfect Marriage” by Alison Booth
I enjoyed reading “A Perfect Marriage” by Alison Booth. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Women’s Fiction and Mystery and Suspense. The timeline of the story is mostly in a ten-year period and goes back and forth to “THEN” and “NOW”. Sally Lachlan was married to an abusive husband and stayed only because she was concerned for her daughter Charlie. There is a painful terrible secret that haunts Sally. One that she feels is necessary to protect her daughter Charlie.
The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. Sally can’t move towards the future, because of the secrets she harbors about the past. When Sally has the chance for a relationship with a charming man, and fears Charlie is old enough to find out about the past, she has to make decisions that will determine the future.
I appreciate that the author brings the topic of physical and emotional abuse and how this can influence relationships and self-worth. I also like that the author brings up therapy and support for victims of abuse.
I would recommend this book to readers that enjoy Women’s Fiction with a touch of Mystery. I received this Advanced Reader Copy as part of The Love Book Group Blog for my honest review.