Janita Cunnington has been writing for much of her life, mostly under the desk — verse, stories, articles, musings — when her mind should have been on important matters. Some of her poems have been published, along with reams of public information, booklets, brochures and, with her husband, Col, a travel guide to South-East Queensland.
Janita now lives near the sea again, on lovely, salt-stung Stradbroke Island. This is her first full-length novel.
Spanning three decades, Child of Mine is a deeply resonant novel about a maternal tug-of-love and the little girl caught in the middle.
It’s January 1974, and a devastating flood is about to change the lives of four generations of women. Maggie Rowe is thirty-five, a teacher, and still living with her mother, Vera, in a tiny cottage in Hill Street, Brisbane. Next door lives Donna Birtles, a feckless twenty-something single mum, and her little daughter, Flower.
Come along and listen to Janita speak about her book and tell the story of these four women.