Finally, the true identity of the author behind the bestselling Secret Lives of Emma series has been revealed, and if you’re a regular visitor to The Booktopia Blog, chances are you’ve read her work already. Or rather, his work…
Since the release of the first book in 2012, The Secret Lives of Emma series has been met with contention. In a genre dominated by tales of submissive heroines and stolen innocence, The Secret Lives of Emma shone out, showcasing a strong, free‐spirited young woman. Readers were eager to hear Emma’s story, with more than 50,000 copies sold in Australia alone.
During heated debates over the morality of the heroine, intensely private author Natasha Walker stayed suspiciously silent however, leading readers, the publishing industry and the media to speculate not only on the subject matter but the author herself.
Now, finally, after international publishing deals, bestseller listings and countless reviews, the author is finally ready to reveal herself. Or rather, himself.
Because the woman at the centre of this scandalous series was written by a man. And not just any man, but one of Booktopia’s own – our Head of Marketing and Chief Buyer, John Purcell.
After The Australian Women’s Weekly broke the story on Wednesday, the media have become obsessed with the tale of a bookseller who, like his protagonist, had a secret life all of his own.
Haven’t read The Secret Lives of Emma? Find out what all the fuss is about…
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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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