Jewel Sea

March, 1912. A sultry Indian summer hangs over the west coast of Australia and aboard a luxury steamshipthree tales entwine.

In the tradition of Steinbeck’s The Pearl, and the fabulous tales of Ion Idriess, comes a new twist on a fable of old. Based on the real-life tragedy of the SS Koombana, lost in a cyclone, never to be found, Jewel Sea is a gripping story of fatal desire, a tangled web of theft and greed, and of kindred spirits searching for courage, for a chance of love and redemption – and for a chance to truly live.

About the author

Kim Kelly is the author of four novels and one novella about Australia.

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Why We Like It

  • This is our first novel from down under and it exudes the long languid heat of a long ago place
  • An unforgettable love story between man and woman and pearl
  • All of humanity collides under the masterful web of Kelly's writing

Kim Kelly is the author of four novels and one novella about Australia, its heritage and its people that are loved by readers all over the world. Her stories shine a bright light on forgotten corners of our past and tell the tales of ordinary people living through extraordinary times.

Her work has been described as ‘politics by stealth,’ as she leads readers deftly and lyrically into difficult terrain, exploring themes of bigotry, class conflict, disadvantage and violence in our shared history, and the cultural contradictions which still plague Australia today.

Kim is an editor and literary consultant by trade, so stories fill her everyday – and most nights too.

Love is the fuel that fires her intellectual engine. In fact, she takes love so seriously she once donated a kidney to her husband to prove it, and also to save his life.

Originally from Sydney, Kim now lives in Millthorpe, a tiny gold-rush village in the wide, rolling hills of central western New South Wales, where the ghosts are mostly friendly and her grown sons regularly come home to graze.

Jewel Sea will be published by wonderful independent Australian publisher The Author People in September this year.


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