182 YA Fiction/Little Paradise 2 of 2: Gabrielle Wang

ITEM: One copy of ‘Little Paradise’ by Gabrielle Wang signed by the author. (Penguin Books 2010)

DETAILS:Melbourne, 1946, and Mirabel is seventeen. She’s leaving school, designing dresses, falling in love. Then fate intervenes, her forbidden affair is discovered, and J J is posted back to China where a civil war is raging. Despite all warnings, Mirabel sets off for Shanghai to find him…

CV: Gabrielle Wang is an author and illustrator born in Melbourne of Chinese heritage. Her great grandfather came to Victoria during the Gold Rush. In her twenties she went in search of her roots, living in both China and Taiwan where she studied Chinese language and painting. Her stories are a blend of Chinese and Western culture with a touch of fantasy.

Gabrielle’s novel The Garden of Empress Cassia won the 2002 Aurealis Award, was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and was a CBC Notable Book. The Pearl of Tiger Bay was shortlisted for the 2004 Aurealis Award and The Lion Drummer was named a Notable Book in the 2009 CBC Book of the Year Awards.

Gabrielle’s latest novel, A Ghost in My Suitcase, was released in 2009.

Her first young adult novel, Little Paradise, an epic love story set during World War Two in Melbourne and Shanghai, will be published in 2010.

Gabrielle lives in Melbourne with her partner, Steve, and their two children, Lei Lei and Ren.

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