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Book cover for a new favourite Australian author Robert Barclay new novel

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“… an immersive and gripping piece that resonates deeply with the reader.” Rebecca Black, A.M.

"...a worthy contender for the Miles Franklin Literary Award indeed." Gillian Wells, Author of Alone and Consequences.

"...I think you have written some of the most beautiful sentences I have ever read. I know it’s a good book because every time I pick it up, I am transported to not just a different place or time, but a different life." Danielle Sanelli

The Diary of Katy Yehonala

Nominated for the 2022 Miles Franklin Award - A sweeping saga of three generations of extraordinary women whose lives were forged in the bloodiest era of China's history. Three women who lifted their gaze beyond their turbulent past, each to fulfil unique destinies.

The first is a proud matriarch who believes honouring family is worth any sacrifice.

The second senses destiny’s hand tugging her sleeve in a love story for all time.

The third soars to breathtaking heights on the world stage, a mother’s selfless love beneath her wings.

***NOW AVAILABLE*** from Shawline Publishing New Releases

Robert Barclay author -new Australian multicultural novel The Orphanage of Secrets

The Orphanage of Secrets

A Katy & Clara Yehonala Mystery

Katy and her intrepid daughter, Clara, suspect that the Vitara Orphanage is more than it seems. They set out to uncover the unspeakable evils hidden inside the orphanage, risking their lives as they unravel its terrifying secrets.

This second novel is a riveting murder/mystery told in exquisitely crafted language, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes darkly humorous. Orphanage of Secrets will be published in June, 2022


The Body Shop

A Katy & Clara Yehonala Novel

Robert's third novel will be released in March, 2023.

The Body Shop features Katy and Clara Yehonala joining old friends in their most dangerous and frightening adventure. The beautiful Clara becomes the face of a global fashion and cosmetics brand and Katy and Clara face the hideous trafficking industry and secretive corporations ravaging the rain forests who fund this glamorous world.

I am looking for fabulous ideas from readers to name the fashion house. Click HERE to enter a free competition and be a part of the story.

Clara Yehonala plays Chopin

Enjoy the beautiful Chopin Nocturne Opus 9, Number 2 as our gift to you.

Make sure you read the previews of Robert's novels and leave your email below to have the opportunity to read pre-publication drafts and have your ideas included in these wonderful stories.

Register your email at the link below to also receive a FREE GIFT of Chavy's Story, the personal life story of the young hero who inspires Katy's and Clara's quest in the first books.


A proportion of every book sale is donated to the Sunlight Foundation which provides funds to rescue, rehabilitate and educate victims of child sex trafficking gangs in Asia. Great reading and a great cause to support.


Email: R. A. Barclay