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Toni Jordan was born in Brisbane in 1966 and graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Science. She has worked as a sales assistant, molecular biologist, quality control chemist and marketing manager. Following an early mid-life crisis, Toni left her job in the vitamin industry and enrolled in a writing and editing course with the idea of starting her own writing business. In 2006 she won a Varuna Awards master class to develop her debut novel. Toni lives in Melbourne where she works as a freelance copywriter.
Remember the rules. Rule one is easy. Never ask for money. Since she was a child, Della Gilmore has been taught how to con people. Today she's attempting to pull off the biggest coup of her career. Her family is depending on her. It all looks good on paper. With a pair of glasses and a sheaf of impressive papers she's: Ella Canfield, a highly qualified evolutionary biologist seeking funding for an unorthodox research project. And her mark is: Daniel Metcalf, a handsome millionaire who donates money to offbeat scientific projects. What could go wrong? The problem is Della has never met someone like Daniel before. She knows he shouldn't trust her. But can she trust him? As the plan begins to unravel and Della finds her feelings interfering with the job, she begins to wonder if you can put a price on deceit and love.
Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 6 August 2008. Grace Vandenburg is an attractive, intelligent, witty young woman who also suffers from OCD that makes her count everything in her world. When Seamus Joseph O'Reilly comes in to her world she finds that sometimes the counting doesn't seem to matter so much and when it does Joseph seems to understand. This is a lovely story about just being who you are and being accepted for who you are. Grace is a wonderful character, full of quirkiness, wit and charm who is great just the way she is even if others want to "cure" her. A romantic comedy tackling the issue of OCD in a sensitive and engaging way. Thoroughly enjoyable.
'Witty, observant, laugh-out-loud funny. It's rare to find a novel that keeps you laughing as this one does; the characters are sharply drawn and frighteningly familiar and the story never stops throwing up surprises. I loved it.' - Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project Henry has ended his marriage to Caroline and run off with his daughter's teacher, Martha. Caroline, having shredded a wardrobe-full of Henry's suits, has gone after them. Craig and Lesley have dropped over from next door to catch up on the fallout from Henry and Caroline's all-night row. And Janice, Caroline's sister, is staying for the weekend to look after the children because Janice is the sensible one. Then Craig enters through the bedroom window expecting a tryst with Caroline and finds Janice instead, Lesley storms in full of threats, Henry, Caroline and Martha arrive back from the airport in separate taxis - and let's not even get started on Brendan the pizza guy. Janice can cope with all that. But when her ex-husband Alec knocks on the door things suddenly get complicated... 'A new Toni Jordan is always a special pleasure and her latest is a wonderful, witty treat of a novel: cutting and clever, and yet so very romantic, as though P.G. Wodehouse had satirised life in the suburbs.' - Liane Moriarty, author of The Husband's Secret
Es gibt Tage, die verandern das ganze Leben. Von neun dieser schicksalhaften Tage im Leben einer Familie erzahlt Toni Jordan in ihrem preisgekronten Roman. Alles beginnt mit dem jungen Kip, der mit seinen Geschwistern in einem heruntergekommenen Vorort von Melbourne aufwachst. An einem heien Sommerabend trifft er die bezaubernde Annabel, eigentlich die Tanzpartnerin seines Bruders, doch an diesem Tag verlieben sie sich. Als Kip funfzig Jahre spater erfahrt, dass seine Tochter Charlotte schwanger ist, weckt das in ihm Erinnerungen an einen anderen folgenreichen Tag im Leben seiner Familie: den Tod seiner geliebten Schwester. Ein unsichtbarer Faden verbindet ihr Schicksal mit dem von Charlotte, ein Faden, der erst im Geflecht der ganzen Familiengeschichte sichtbar wird. Kunstvoll fuhrt Toni Jordan die Strange zusammen und zeigt die verborgenen Krafte, die eine Familie im Innersten zusammenhalten.
The tiniest things - a coin, a pendant, a photograph, a lie - can make or ruin lives. It is 1939. Deep in the working-class Melbourne suburb of Richmond Kip Westaway, failed scholar and stablehand, is about to live through the most important day in his young life as Australia hovers unknowingly on the brink of war. What happens that day is the catalyst for momentous events strung across eight more moments in time; love and deception, near-misses and misunderstandings, all centred around the terrible thing that happens to a young girl and the repercussions it will have on the lives of her family, even those not yet born..
Sie ist klug, attraktiv und engagiert - Ella Canfield scheint Wissenschaftlerin mit Leib und Seele zu sein. Als Evolutionsbiologin forscht sie uber ausgestorbene Tiere wie den Tasmanischen Tiger. Ella wei, was sie will - undhat endlich den idealen Geldgeber fur ihr Projekt gefunden: Daniel Metcalf, den gutaussehenden und schwerreichen Vorsitzenden der Metcalf-Stiftung. Daniel interessiert sich brennend fur Unternehmungen wie das von Ella. Bedauerlicherweise gibt es zwei Haken an der Sache. Haken Nummer eins: Dr. Ella Canfield heit in Wirklichkeit Della Gilmore und ist gar keine Wissenschaftlerin. Haken Nummer zwei: Della Gilmore ist zwar ausgesprochen klug, aber nicht klug genug, um der trugerischen Anziehungskraft von Daniel Metcalf zu widerstehen ...
Grace Lisa Vandenburg zahlt alles, was sie umgibt, jede Kleinigkeit: die Schritte bis zu ihrem Lieblingscafe (920), die Streusel auf ihrem Orangenkuchen (12 - 92) und die Buchstaben ihres Namens (19). Erst Seamus O'Reilly und sein unwiderstehlicher Wunsch, hinter das Geheimnis ihres Lebens zu kommen, lasst sie die Kontrolle verlieren.