Author Archives: Debbie Terranova

About Debbie Terranova

I write stories of mystery and adventure (with a touch of romance) which inspire adult readers to question historical 'truths' and discover alternative meanings. I call this approach ‘fiction with a conscience’. While settings, historical events, and some characters in my novels are based on solid research, others are the creation of a vivid imagination. I have three stand-alone novels and a fourth due for release in early 2021.

An escape to the magical ‘deep country’ of our ancient land

All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton My rating: 4 of 5 stars An epic tale, in the spirit of the Brothers Grimm, set in the impossibly harsh country of Australia’s Top End. The characters are intriguing and larger-than-life, in … Continue reading

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‘Unorthodox’: a heroic escape from oppression

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Like many other readers, I discovered the existence of ‘Unorthodox’ while binge-watching the enthralling four-part series of the same name. The memoir (a … Continue reading

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An unusual take on WWII espionage

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje My rating: 5 of 5 stars A beautifully-written historical novel, from start to finish. For someone who likes to write, such as me, the use of language is inspirational. Delightful and succinct descriptions abound, e.g. ‘we … Continue reading

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Literary fiction at its best

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is, without a doubt, the most uplifting novel I have read in years. Beautifully written and engrossing from start to finish, it is the story of … Continue reading

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My year as a research fellow …

My 12-month research fellowship with the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has come to an end. What a wonderful experience! While I learnt a lot about my topic, I learnt even more about myself. Here’s my SLQ video interview about … Continue reading

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What happened on the homefront during WWII? Townsville Festival of Stories.

 

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“Under the Skin 4” – SLQ Fellows’ presentations about the world wars

On 29 March 2019, I was honoured to present some findings of my project, “Queensland Women and War: a multicultural perspective of the experiences of female civilians during World War II”, at a public event at the State Library of … Continue reading

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An invitation: hear about my “Women and War” project for SLQ

Are you curious about what happened during wartime in Australia?  Follow the progress of the 2018 Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation Fellows Elaine Acworth, Dr Anastasia Dukova, Dr Martin Kerby and Deborah Terranova as they bring to life memories and … Continue reading

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From Brisbane trainee nurse to U.S. war bride.

How different was the life of a young woman in Australia during World War II? Personal diaries are a wonderful way to rediscover the day-to-day activities of our past. In this 1941 diary, twenty-year-old Elvie Geissmann records her first year as … Continue reading

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The War Diaries of Nurse Taylor

In 1941 a young Brisbane nurse began recording the events of the war in these dainty little cloth-covered notebooks. For four long years, while working and studying, she never failed to note what happened. Like to read more? Go to … Continue reading

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