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Sally Hepworth

Sally Hepworth

"The less perfect things were, she was finding, the more likely they were to be real."

Sally Hepworth is an Australian author who has made a name for herself writing about ffamilies and women’s issues.

Sally has written about women's issues and family ties in The Things We Keep (published February 2016) and The Mother's Promise (March 2017). In The Family Next Door (March 2018) and The Mother-in-Law (February 2019), Hepworth sets her locations in her hometown of Melbourne for the first time. Darling Girls (September 2023) shares the story of three sisters dealing with huge family secrets, love, and murder. Several of her novels have now been optioned for television and film.

Meet Sally Hepworth

Sally Hepworth was born in 1980, and has spent her life travelling and living around the world.

She has spent extended periods in Singapore, the U.K. and Canada, where she worked in event management and Human Resources. While on maternity leave, Sally finally fulfilled a lifelong dream to write, the result of which was Love Like the French, published in Germany in 2014.

While pregnant with her second child, Sally wrote The Secrets of Midwives, published worldwide in English, as well as in France, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 2015. A novel about three generations of midwives, the book asks readers what makes a mother and what role biology plays in the making and binding of a family.

The Secrets of Midwives has been labelled ‘enchanting’ by The Herald Sun and ‘smart and engaging’ by Publisher's Weekly, and New York Times bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Emily Griffin have praised Sally's debut English language novel as "women's fiction at its finest" and "totally absorbing."

Sally has three children and lives in Melbourne. She also writes a monthly newsletters where she answers ‘Dear Sally’ questions from readers and fans in the style of ‘Agony Aunt’ letters.