Booktopia Presents: Di Morrissey, author of The Golden Land, in conversation with Caroline Baum

by |November 1, 2012

The Golden Land

by Di Morrissey

The latest bestseller from Australia’s most popular author, Di Morrissey

Family and conscience. Money and marriage. The Golden Land is a story built upon classic themes in a modern Australian dimension. It powerfully brings together tragedy and trauma on both public and personal scales.

Di Morrissey skilfully explores the little known, troubled history of Burma through a contemporary story of an ordinary Australian family facing all too recognisable hardships.

The Golden Land contrasts the truth about Burma against some truths about our own golden land, Australia. Di Morrissey’s superb sense of setting and the connection with the characters rings true in every scene, showing the integrity, strength and complexity of her writing.

The historic and present day connections between Burma and Australia are gently woven throughout the plot with the settings mixing the exotic with the contemporary.

Natalie is a truly sympathetic heroine; sometimes naïve, but always strong and loving, a devoted young mother forced to make tough decisions. Natalie’s journey, both physically and emotionally, changes her outlook on life, and it is a journey readers will be glad to share.

Natalie is a young Gold Coast mother with a loving husband, two small children and a happy lifestyle. While helping her mother move house, she finds a little box containing a Burmese artefact. When Natalie learns its unique history through a letter left by her great-great uncle, it ignites an interest in its country of origin and her uncle’s unfulfilled plans for this curio.

Her investigations collide with her own dramatically changing circumstances and create a catalyst for a moral dilemma that challenges the core of her marriage as she finds herself immersed in two very different golden lands.

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About the Contributor

While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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