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Cover of Robert Barclay AUthor new book Girl in the orphanage

THE GIRL IN THE ORPHANAGE

Riveting storytelling. The novel is an exotic murder-mystery about flawed heroines who changed the world just a little and who let us imagine a kinder one.

“…What a powerful opening! There’s no dead body, blood spattering, guns blazing, nakedness or fangs, yet it’s a page-turner. I’ve always wanted to write an opening that is both emotional and thought-provoking. This is one of the few. This is the kind of book you read NOT only to enjoy the story, but also EACH sentence“. Dessara Harasse, Romance Author.
Cover of Robert Barclay AUthor new book Girl in the orphanage

AWARDS

2023 MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD

2023 INDIE BOOK AWARDS

2023 NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARD

2023 NSW PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARD

2022 MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD

2022 PRIME MINISTER'S LITERARY AWARD

Two Asian women from The Butterfly Dynasty Series
Book cover for a new favourite Australian author Robert Barclay new novel

THE DIARY OF KATY YEHONALA

A STORY OF A FAMILY, COURAGE, AND A TIMELESS LOVE

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

“…a worthy contender for the 2022 Miles Franklin Literary Award indeed.” Gillian Wells, best-selling author

“…I think you have written some of the most beautiful sentences I have ever read. Every time I pick it up, I am transported to not just a different place or time, but a different life.” Danielle Sanelli

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