Young Adult Fiction: General Store
Title: 'General Store'
Author: Hazel Edwards
Publisher: originally published by Hodder& Stoughton (1977)
Finnish: Kauppiaan Josie (Karisto, Hameelinna)
Alchemy links to Hazel's e books to buy online.
E-book: ( late 2021) 'Untapped:Aust Literary Heritage Project'
My First Published Book!
'General Store' (1977) was my first YA novel published by Hodder and Stoughton.
It wasn’t autobiographical apart from the 1960s setting of an Australian country store.
"Since the hippo books turned 40 this year , in interviews I've been asked a few times about my first published book: YA novel 'General Store' (Hodder and Stoughton) 1977 and now out- of- print. I don't usually re-read earlier publications, but since my Scottish cousin Margaret took the trouble to locate an e-bay copy to share with her family, I re-read it. Surprisingly it hasn't dated since the friendship between two very different girls and country life in a struggling general store was authentic with footy teams, fires and family growing up. I'd forgotten so much of the 1960s country detail, and couldn't write that historic setting now without more research.It's 'historic' 'rather than 'dated' because no technology like mobiles needed updating. 'Tech' was not important then.I was 27 when my first book was published. And now I'd probably change the title as many think it is an army rank."*Kendal, Mim and Temporary Fred’ was my second published YA novel with Hodder and Stoughton. Also in Finnish.
After my memoir 'Not Just a Piece of Cake;Being an Author' was released,I was invited to speak to students where I had lived as a teenager.
Old school friends took me to the current general store.We had changed and so had it. Important for authors record the essence of a place , in fiction.
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Events & Appearances 2021
Private online mentoring 'Complete Your Book in a Year'
Jan 12th ZOOM U3A Nunawading Summer School 'Complete Your Book in a Year'
14th-20th Society of Women Writers Vic Book here. 'For the Love of Writing' Festival
Feb 16th ZOOM 'Role of New Media'
Feb 20th 12.15 ZOOM with Suzanne Gervay 'The Two of Us: Collaborating'
May 4th 6pm Rivoli Camberwell Dymocks 21st celebration Book
May 7th Photo shoot Seven Steps.
Children's Book Week ' Hijabi Girl the Musical' launch in Brisbane.