Her Kind of Luck - Michelle Balogh

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In her mid-twenties, rudderless and unsure, Michelle moved into her step- great-grandmother Shan-Yi's Sydney apartment just after her passing. Shan-Yi had been part of Michelle's family since long before she was born and staying at the glamourous art deco apartment was meant to help Michelle back on her feet. While there, Michelle found an extraordinary trove of letters, diaries and papers that told of her great-grandmother's unique life - one of adventure and heartache, trans-Atlantic travel and espionage.

Born in China, Shan-Yi moved to America with her family aged four and ran away to Canton at sixteen with the help of a businessman and music connoisseur, Warsing Fuh. So began Shan-Yi's extraordinary globe-trotting twenties before she settled in Sydney with a German man - at the start of World War II - only he wasn't what he seemed. Meticulously researched and told with great heart, this is the story of an unparalleled life and the inspiration it afforded her step-great-grandaughter - exactly when she needed it the most.

About the Author

Michelle Balogh is a freelance writer and illustrator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Music from the University of New South Wales, and in 2014 she completed a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at UTS. Her work has been shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia Aspiring Writers' Mentorship. `Shan-Yi', on which Her Kind of Luck is based, was shortlisted for the Scribe Non Fiction Prize in 2016. She lives in Sydney.

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