Author Archives: jacqueline

Alive and … enchanting

The green gown is again alive and kicking, or should I say … enchanting. In WA it is available at Beaufort Street Books (Mt Lawley), Crow Books (East Vic Park), Millpoint Caffe Bookstore (South Perth), The Good Store (Vic Park), Nosh Gourmet (East Vic Park), New Edition (Fremantle) and Barefoot Books (Busselton). And always available here:

Goodreads Giveaway!

Three copies of The Magpie’s Nest are there for the taking (once you enter the competition) to get you in the mood for the 24 October release of the sequel, The Cat’s Miaow. Bonne chance and enter here:



Off to the Publisher I Go!

With manuscript and cover artwork in hand my next stop (tomorrow) is Vivid Publishing in Fremantle. Three years of writes, rewrites, edits, smoothing out and adding oomph have got me here. Bring on the October (fingers crossed) release of the sequel, The Cat’s Miaow!

First glimpse of the cover

First glimpse of the cover


Editing with fingers of fury!

Yes! The sequel – THE CAT’S MIAOW – is on it’s way! I have contacted the publisher (Vivid Publishing) and I am waiting on the cover artwork. I have two more rounds of editing to do before the final proofreads. And then it’s SHOW TIME! A release date is yet to be set but it will be in October or November 2017. Please do contact me directly using the button above for further information. The Cat’s Miaow is a wild ride. All aboard!!!

The Countdown Begins!

The fifth draft of the sequel, The Cat’s Miaow, is soon to be in the hands of the editor after two years of writing. After a few more rounds of editing we’ll be good to go for the release around mid to late 2017! Until then, copies of The Magpie’s Nest are still available through this website, through the Facebook page, at Subiaco Bookshop, Crow Books and The Good Store in Perth, and as an e-book on Amazon.

Walking the Walk

For a touch of history woven into a literary escapade, join me on a monthly afternoon walking tour of Perth city to some of the spots and scenes from The Magpie’s Nest. We meet at London Court at 4.30 pm and wind up outside the famed ‘shop’ at 6 pm. Upcoming dates are 25 July, 22 August, 26 September, 24 October, 21 November. For bookings, please contact me at And it’s free!

This from the Lord Mayor of Perth, Mrs Lisa Scaffidi: “I want to congratulate Jacqueline for being the type of author/person we need to celebrate in our City. She takes walking tours monthly & anyone who’s interested can attend. I recommend buying the book too. Jacqueline is currently working on the sequel.”

The Modern World Catches up with Us All

First it was a paperback available at independent book shops and here:

Now it has been converted to a jungle creature of Amazon making it also available here:

Next – an audio book, perchance? Watch this space for available where …


Review courtesy of Leatherboundpounds

This novel felt like the literary equivalent of a warm cup of tea. It was comforting. Charming even. When I finished it my face was sore from smiling. Perry-Strickland invokes a wonderful sense of place, filling in her depiction of Perth with all the right details, from the unnamed newspaper social pages editor I recognised from her description to Eliza’s changing wardrobe to the wind tunnel of St George’s Terrace. Sally irritated me with her complaints about Perth life, though perhaps only because it cut a little close to the bone. Ruby was an absolute delight and I discovered a desperate desire to find myself work in a costume shop. This is a light read and I blasted through it in a matter of days. Good fun.

Read it: at Cottesloe Beach or at the South Perth foreshore on a long summer afternoon. Pop into the Ocean Beach Hotel or the Windsor for a cider when you’re done.

Viv and Loz

This excerpt from a reader’s letter:

I too love His Majesty’s Theatre. I lived in Perth for 4 years in my teens and the first time I went to The Maj was to see Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier with The Old Vic. It was as your book says the first “big time” theatre for years. I was boarding with some people then and the lady decided we were going. But I said I had nothing to wear – it was formal dress. So she made me my first long dress! Of course I loved the theatre. A wonderful memory.