Queensland Author JD Murphy's newest novel, The Arbor Girls, is being released by Shawline Publishing Group in 2020.

Find more about JD MURPHY on his website - www.jdmurphyauthor.com.au 


Written to entertain while exploring topics of Australia's past, including immigrant stories, the first Australians' experiences of colonisation, the influences on societal development brought about through British establishment and rules, the American 'invasion' during WW2, and communist influences in early Australian society.

The Arbor girls are a force to be reckoned with…
Maeve Fossard, a nurse during the bombings of Bristol in WW1, wants to escape the pain and suffering around her. A trip to a pub and a chance meeting with a stranger named Colin changes her life. The shadow world of spies and politics becomes a reality. Through two World Wars, the Cold War and into the Sixties; from England to Australia, she encounters ultimate highs and soul-sapping lows. Every action has consequences. Her companions, Margaret and Allison, their fates entwined, join a rich tapestry of characters in her endeavours to create an invisible dynasty of social reform which will continue through to the future and span the globe...

"A fantastic read from a new Australian author who has a flair for the period of such a wonderful storyline…authentic and moving with beautiful nuances and themes…5 Stars…" Gail, IndieBooks Reviewer.

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The Arbor Girls is the first title by this author to be released through Shawline Publishing Group.


John Murphy has had a lifelong attraction to storytelling. Stories have ranged across family entertainment skits as a child to turning life into a story to understand his adult world. As a teacher of adults, he used storytelling to make dull textbook facts gain a life of their own. He also loves listening to a good yarn.  The Arbor Girls, the first of his novels was written, above all, to entertain.


Some Q&A from JD Murphy on his book –


1)      Why you wrote this book - what were your inspirations?


At a point in time, I decided to explore my father’s family line as soldier settlers in the early twentieth century. As I researched the general history of settlers, I became aware of the machinations of government in establishing, then not supporting, soldier settlements. I also explored the impacts of colonisation on first Australians. Finally, I concluded that much of the trauma in those communities had its genesis in the Post Traumatic Stress disorders endured by the returned warriors.


2)       How did you decide on the characters in the book would also be an interesting concept to include?

          I needed three military who could reflect the class structure of the armed forces.  I needed partners for those men so that I could explore the harshness of their existence in a foreign land. I needed first nations characters so that I could cast light onto the conflicts caused by the collisions of different cultures.


3)       What drew you to the subject matter or the characters? 


My paternal family’s personalities. I had to ‘dig deep’ to understand why they were who they were.


4)      What was the biggest challenge when writing the book?


Research on family history. Weaving the various story lines into a coherent whole.


5)      Were there any interesting experiences you might’ve had during the research for the book, or while writing or publishing the book:


The intensity of interest from those to whom I have mentioned I was writing this fiction piece.


6)      For whom did you write it and why?


Firstly, I wrote it for me. It was a way of framing the Irish immigrant experience within the little knowledge I had of ‘those days’.

Secondly, I believe that there is a market for a cross discipline work which touches on the themes of Post traumatic Stress Disorder, the machinations of government and the lies which are told to the public, the distress caused to first nations people with their dispossession.


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Find more about JD MURPHY on his website - www.jdmurphyauthor.com.au 

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