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The Sultan’s Daughter finally got the launch it deserved, by former Independent Member of Parliament for the electorate of Indi and all-round inspirational woman, Cathy McGowan. The book was launched along with Dorothy Simmon’s new historical novel Of Breath and Blood in a celebration of regional writing at the Albury LibraryMuseum on Friday 20 November. McGowan is herself the author of a recent memoir, Cathy Goes to Canberra. Despite the Covid-safe limited numbers there was a lot of love in the room. If, like most of us, you weren’t there you can read a transcript of Downing’s speech on her blog.

Author Jane Downing in conversation with Cathy McGowan
Author Jane Downing in earnest conversation with Cathy McGowan.
Dorothy Simmons signing books
Dorothy Simmons signing books.


Obiter Publishing would like to thank Dorothy Simmon’s for her energy in making this event happen, the Albury LibraryMuseum for hosting the celebration, and Dymocks Albury for their support in stocking the book and organising sales on the night.

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