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The Ties That Bind

By Julie Kay - ISBN: 9781922851796

RRP: $29.95

The Ties That Bind
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Julie Kay grew up in the beautiful Melbourne bayside suburb of Chelsea. After completing her schooling she became a dental nurse. As a young adult Julie travelled the world, living and working in London, Israel and Greece. At the end of her overseas travels she went to live in Alice Springs where she got a job working for the Royal Flying Doctors Service going out to the Aboriginal communities as a dental nurse.

In her late twenties Julie came home to Melbourne where she worked as a school dental nurse during the day and studied at night. In 1992 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Literature and Sociology. At this time she married Jon and had two children. Her next career move was to become an integration aid in a school. Encouraged by her work colleagues she went back to university and got her Diploma of Education which enabled her to become a primary school teacher. Julie loves her vocation as an educator and manages to work full time, running a busy household and writing on the weekends.

In 2019 Julie wrote her first novel Not My Father which was loosely based on the life of her father during the Occupation of Japan. The Ties That Bind is her second novel with many more to come.

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The Ties That Bind

By Julie Kay - ISBN: 9781922851796

RRP: $29.95

Family is the tie that will bind…

Set amongst the giant ghost gums of country Victoria, follow the trials and tribulations of two sisters who must battle through great personal sacrifice, unrelenting passions and disarming loss as they navigate the happenings around them.

The Vietnam War arrives and brings them more heartbreaking tragedy, loss and unrequited love from which they may not recover.

Spread across both time and place, The Ties That Bind is a journey of healing and love but not one that shies away from the pain that comes from the intensity of both.

When two worlds collide, peace can be found on both sides…

“Stunning and moving as we share such insight into family and the consequences and tribulations of lives entwined… Great read…” Samantha, Indie Book reviewer

"The Ties that Bind encapsulates the ties from a small community during a rather unsettling journey through life, love, loss and War. The Thorn Sisters and the Wine Twins start with their friendship that takes them through the Vietnam War and beyond. A beautiful story that actually highlights truth that did happen during this time. At first you wonder how this extra fits in until the whole family gets put together. 
It really was a beautiful read and may help many to understand the era or just want a heart warming story to enjoy. This is well researched and well written. 5/5 stars for me." Tianne Shaw, book reviewer


2023 QLD Literary Awards - The Ties that Bind

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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