You’re lying on your towel, propped up on one elbow, gazing out over the bluest, most beautiful lagoon you’ve ever seen; the tropical sun is shining, small waves lap against the sand at your feet; somewhere, far, far away someone is playing reggae, it comes to you in waves on the breeze; you whisper to yourself a redundancy, you say – this is heaven.
And just at this most perfect point, your husband grumbles that he is bored. Your kids then chime in with – there is nothing to do here. And the whole perfect scene is spoilt because you didn’t bring anything for them to read.
About the Contributor
John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian debut author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for the last twenty years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Head of Product and Chief Buyer at booktopia.com.au.