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Tamara McKinley

Tamara McKinley TAMARA MCKINLEY is the world-wide best-selling author of thirteen novels set mainly in Australia. Her books have been translated and published in twenty languages, achieving over 3,000,000 global sales and excellent reviews. TAMARA was born in Tasmania, but now lives in England.
She returns to Australia regularly to promote her books, do research and to visit her family. Her novels are both contemporary and historical.

QUERCUS has bought the World English Rights to SIX back catalogue titles and FOUR front titles; THE OCEAN CHILD, FIRESTORM, SAVANNAH WINDS and ECHOES FROM AFAR.

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Tamara McKinley is also The Times’ best-selling author of wartime sagas set in England under the name of Ellie Dean.

Latest book: ECHOES FROM AFAR was published by Quercus in AUSTRALIA AND THE COMMONWEALTH in September 2015, with publication in UK January 2016.

Tamara McKinley - Echoes From Afar ECHOES FROM AFAR. Paris, 1936. After a spiteful rumour ruins her nursing career in London, Annabelle Black must travel to her Aunt in Paris to start afresh. Whilst there she meets Etienne and Henri, one a poet, the other an artist, and soon Annabelle is swept up in the exotic and exhilarating Bohemian world of 1930s Paris. Yet as ever more young people are drawn to the fight against Fascism in Spain, Annabelle must wake from the dream and confront the reality of war.

1956. Gifted artiste Eugenie Ashton falls in love with Paris the moment she arrives, and it seems this most romantic of cities offers a bright new world; but Eugenie will soon find that in its shadows are hidden the secrets of her family’s past. Secrets that threaten everything she has ever held dear.


LONDON 1920. The world is slowly recovering from a war that has changed everything, and the future looks bright for the talented sculptress, Lulu Pearson. But on the eve of her first London exhibition she receives a mysterious letter from Joe Reilly, a racehorse trainer in Tasmania, informing her she is the owner of a promising yearling, Ocean Child. Despite all Lulu’s denials, she is forced to accept the gift of the colt, and sets out for Tasmania in search of her anonymous benefactor – but her quest will alienate her great-aunt and guardian, Lady Clarice Pearson – will force her to confront the vindictive mother who abandoned her and the father who had never been able to acknowledge her. As the scandals and enmities of the past are revealed, and secrets aired, Lulu finally comes to understand who she really is – and, with the love of battle-scarred veteran Joe Reilly to sustain her, discovers that the past can no longer hurt her.


Following in the pioneering footsteps of the women who have gone before her, Ruby and her new husband James have to brave a long and treacherous journey to start their lives together.

They soon discover that there are many more dangers than just those that meet the eye and when James is tempted away by the gold rush, Ruby must join forces with the Aborigine girl Kumali and learn to adapt if they are going to survive.

Meanwhile there are other new arrivals to Australia's shores: a Tahitian with a mysterious past, a naive young schoolmistress, and an Earl-in-waiting - all are unaware that their destinies are irrevocably intertwined.

As fortunes are made and lives are lost, many secrets will be uncovered. Until those torn apart by feuds, greed, hatred and circumstance ultimately find themselves united under the same flag ...


Matilda’s Last Waltz, Jacaranda Vines, Windflowers, Summer Lightning, Undercurrents, Dreamscapes, Ocean Child, Firestorm, Savannah Winds, Echoes from Afar.

The Oceana Trilogy – Lands Beyond the Sea, A Kingdom for the Brave, Legacy.