Posted by: Lisa Hill | May 26, 2012

Book Giveaway winner: Grace Beside Me by Sue McPherson

Grace Beside MeCongratulations to Jenny who is the winner of the Book Giveaway for Indigenous Literature Week after I drew No 2 using the Random Number Generator.

Jenny has won a copy of Grace Beside Me by indigenous author Sue McPherson.  The book is published by Magabala Books who kindly donated it as a giveaway for Indigenous Literature Week here at ANZ LitLovers in July.

I already have Jenny’s postal address so the book will be on its way in the next post.

Here’s the blurb for Grace Beside Me from the Magabala press release:

Written from teenager girl Fuzzy Mac’s perspective, Grace Beside Me is a  quirky, warmly rendered story of home and family life in a small town. The black&write! judges remarked on the authentic feel of the Indigenous home life of Fuzzy Mac and her grandparents — her guardians since the death of her mother.

Awkward episodes of teen rivalry and romance sit happily alongside the mystery of Gran’s visions and an encounter with a ghost. The story sits against a backdrop of amazing characters including the holocaust survivor who went to school with Einstein; the sleazy, once-good-looking Mayor; the little priest always rushing off to bury someone before the heat gets to them; the wife basher up the road; Lola’s Forest, dedicated to Lola, a traditional Aboriginal woman who met Ned Kelly — and Nan and Pop.

Grace Beside Me interweaves the mundane with the profound and the spiritual — it is full of wisdom and good advice (Fuzzy call’s Nan ‘the queen of all knowing’) on everything from how to to ‘sit a while’ in the bush and connect with country to how to properly hang out the washing.

Sue McPherson is a visual artist living in Eumundi, Queensland. She was born in Sydney to an Aboriginal mother, from Wiradjuri country.  Sue was adopted into the McPherson family, landowners from the Batlow area in News South Wales, when she was very young.

Sue was inspired to write by her two teenage sons. She took a writing workshop in Coolum and, three months later, started writing Grace Beside Me. 

You can buy Grace Beside Me from Fishpond, from Magabala online and good book stores.


  1. Thanks Lisa
    So thrilled to have won this book and looks like my reading is now sorted for Indigenous Lit Week :)

    • Well done Jenny. I look forward to reading your comments on it.


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