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 unkwingly 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 t yet born.
Toni Jordan was born in Brisbane in 1966. She loved reading and writing at primary school but by high school had become a science nerd. She has worked as a sales assistant, molecular biologist, quality control chemist and marketing manager. In 2004 she gave up her job to study writing and began working on her debut novel, ADDITION. In 2008, ADDITION was a Richard and Judy summer read and in 2009 was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award 'the Australian Booker'. ADDITION has been translated into eight languages. Her second novel, FALL GIRL, came out in 2011. Toni lives in Melbourne with her husband. www.tonijordan.com