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A Bird on My Shoulder - Lucy Palmer


Published: 22nd June 2016
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An unforgettably moving memoir about love and the unexpected gifts that loss and grief can bring.

Over a decade ago, award-winning journalist Lucy Palmer's beloved husband Julian died of cancer, leaving her alone to manage a farm south of Sydney and to raise their three young children. This moving and beautifully written memoir explores her experiences of death, loss, single parenting and growing older.

It is a way of making sense of the momentous experiences that Lucy says she has been privileged to live through, and her honest and inspiring account of putting the pieces back together and finding hope out of a seemingly hopeless set of circumstances. This is a startlingly moving book to read and offers new and surprising ways to think about the worst that can happen and what it can mean for us.

About the Author

Lucy Palmer is an award-winning journalist and documentary maker, writer and editor. She also has a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing, and teaches journalism and creative writing in tertiary institutions, high schools and in private groups. Lucy is passionate about words, and believes they have the power to change lives for the better. This is her first book.


Personally touching


Was moved to read this as I heard Lucy speaking about it on radio and it seemed to run a parallel path to my experience. Somehow on reading the book, I was comforted by understanding someone else has travelled the same path almost to the letter and so that journey made more sense to me.

Southrn Highlands


Human tenderness at its best! do yourself a favour.


Precious gift to us all.



You will be engrossed from beginning to end.


A beautiful insite into ones emotional journey through love, loss, spiritual bonds and rebuilding. I would recommend this book for those of us who have been touched by death or to gain a better understanding of the emotional journey of a loved one who has been. Beautifully written.

Southern Highlands, Australia


A Bird on My Shoulder

5.0 3


ISBN: 9781743311530
ISBN-10: 1743311532
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 22nd June 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3