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Petronella McGovern


Petronella McGovern grew up in a large family on a farm in New South Wales, Australia. Farmland and the bush feature strongly in her debut psychological thriller, Six Minutes. Her second novel, The Good Teacher, is set on the sparkling beaches of Sydney, with a dark undercurrent.

She has also co-written two non-fiction books - a travelogue of the 1960s, For Love and a Beetle with Ivan Hodge; and an Olympic memoir, Trailblazers: Australia's First Olympic Equestrians with Wyatt Thompson.

Petronella is fascinated by people - what makes us tick, how we view the world, and the lies we tell others and ourselves. She's interested in the complexities of relationships and the dynamics in families.
Petronella McGovern recommends
Who We Were (2020)
B M Carroll
"A gripping story of cruelty and kindness that asks how much our teenage years shape us."

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