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The Girl in the Orphanage

By Robert Barclay - ISBN: 9781922751232

RRP: $34.95

The Girl in the Orphanage
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Robert grew up in a small English village, the repository of 1000 years of history engraved on the tombstones of its Norman Church. Without mobile phones, TV or the Internet, he made up stories.

Later in life, he found himself a clearance diver in the labyrinthine, murky waterways of the Mekong Delta, dismantling booby traps during the Vietnam War and receiving two bravery awards. He spent much time in Asia, and his storytelling is inspired by his life experiences living around the world and from random meetings with strangers.

Robert’s writing paints pictures of remarkable, headstrong women set against backstories of the significant issues of our times. His vivid storytelling combines sharp-witted dialogue and meticulous research to bring our human struggles to life. A citizen of the world, his love of exotic places, their people and their love stories brings readers an evocative sense of time and place. 

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The Girl in the Orphanage

By Robert Barclay - ISBN: 9781922751232

RRP: $34.95


Katy's world is shattered. Her husband, Simon, has been murdered in a remote Cambodian border village. 

What was he doing there?

Unable to sleep in peaceful Melbourne, Katy seeks solace in Simon’s study: A remembered smell, a half-read book, something. What she finds is an unfinished manuscript, called Chavy’s Story, hinting at Simon’s secretive work. It tells the harrowing story of a young village girl trafficked for sex.

Katy travels to Cambodia in search of answers. The riddles buried in the pages of Chavy’s Story unmask a forgotten horror from Katy’s childhood.

Chavy’s Story will change Katy’s life forever...

"What a powerful opening! There's no dead body, blood spattering, guns blazing, nakedness, fangs and whatnot, yet it's a page-turner more than the rest. I've always wanted to write an opening that is both emotional and thought-provoking. This is one of the few. This is the kind of book you read NOT only to enjoy the story, but also EACH sentence." Dessara Harasse, Romance Author.

“Masterful and gripping, as if the author anticipates everything we as readers will demand and he delivers… Exceptional follow on to The Diary of Katy Yehonala…” Kelly, Indie Book reviewer

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