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As a writer, I love the process of inventing imaginary worlds and characters to inhabit them. If I had to classify my story-telling, I would call it a quirky blend of history, romance and mystery.



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MCE b cover 480hMy debut novel, 'Mr Chen's Emporium' (Penguin Random House) is a story of two women, one Gold Rush town, then and now. 

It's available as a print book and an ebook, as well as large print format (Read How You Want) and a digital audio book from Audible.


'Mr Chen's Emporium' is published in German by Ullstein Verlag as 'Amys Geheimnis'  ('Amy's Secret').

View the trailer for Mr Chen's Emporium here.

'I loved every page of this beautiful book.'




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'The Jade Widow' (Penguin Random House) is a work of historical fiction with a dash of romance. Like 'Mr Chen's Emporium', it's available as a print book and as an ebook. Set in 1885, this is a tale of pioneering women, making their way in a man's world. The novel is both a sequel to the 1870s' thread of 'Mr Chen's Emporium' and a stand-alone story. So you don't need to have read 'Mr Chen' to enjoy 'The Jade Widow'.


                                                  View the trailer for 'The Jade Widow' here.                                            

'O'Brien delivers accuracy and grace in this deftly written tale.' 



'I was utterly charmed.'  



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 'The Trivia Man, published by Penguin Random House (and in Germany by Goldmann as 'Ein anderes Wort fur Gluck'), is a bittersweet and heart-warming tale about finding one's true place in the world, set against the backdrop of a weekly trivia competition.

'If only his life was a quiz ...'Kirsty People 420

Read what the critics have to say here.


'This is a warming story of friendship and family - and fitting in -
even if you are a square peg.'

          READING STACK (Sandy Fussell)



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'A Place of Her Own' is a story about seeking a safe haven when nothing feels safe anymore. The novel is the third book in the Emporium Trilogy and a sequel to the modern-day thread of 'Mr Chen's Emporium' but can be read independently. It is published by Penguin Random House.

View the trailer here.

'Love hurts like hell - whether you're fifteen or 50-something.'

The novel is available as a print book and ebook.

'A brilliant book from a great trilogy. Highly recommended.'




 'The Rarest Thing' is rating 4.8/5 stars on Goodreads Goodreads icon 

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The Rarest Thing
from Lomandra Press is a heartwarming love story set in Victoria's High Country fifty years ago and inspired by a true event. The novel is available as a special gift edition paperback and an ebook.


  'The perfect gift for the avid reader.'

'To live is the rarest thing in the world.
Most people exist, that is all.'
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'Every now and then a book comes your way that is so very special you want to grasp onto it and not let go... "The Rarest Thing" is a story so beautifully woven that it deserves no less than a five star rating.'    


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