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A new name for the colour blue

About the book

A New Name for the Colour Blue is a story of the healing power of remembering, of love, and the breathtaking beauty of the natural world.

“A timely and moving book about the lives of women and children in Australia.” ~Natasha Stott Despoja, author of On Violence.

Ten years after the disappearance of her best friend, and the death of her mother, Cassandra Noble escapes her country childhood to pursue life as an artist in the city. On the threshold of a promising career as a painter, her creativity suddenly abandons her. Soon after, she finds herself with a lover who wishes to control her just as her father once did.

While her last painting just might hold the key to why she can no longer create, what will happen when she discovers the two tragic events of her childhood are linked in ways she could never have imagined?

See what they are saying

  • A New Name for the Colour Blue

    A New Name for the Colour Blue

    “A beautiful evocation of place and natural detail through controlled and lyrical language”

    Judging Panel
    2018 Adelaide Festival of Arts Literature Awards
  • Exquisite


    “Beautiful work”

    Peter Goers
    ABC broadcaster & Sunday Mail columnist
    The First Line of Grace
  • The most exquisite entries

    The most exquisite entries

    One of the toughest photography competitions to judge yet … Finalists are Annette Marner…”

    Womankind Magazine
    2017 Photographer’s Award Nature competition

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