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About John Purcell
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.
John Purcell reviews Caroline Baum’s Only, the memoir loved by Elizabeth Gilbert, Magda Szubanski and Richard Glover.
"Knowing Caroline, I was prepared for something good. I did not expect this, however." Read more
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John Purcell and Caroline Baum review 'The Natural Way of Things' by Charlotte Wood, recipient of the 2016 Stella Prize. Read more
I want to write a bit about my friend and colleague Andrew Cattanach. Read more