Hazel Edwards

“Creativity is the fun of putting
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Young Adult Fiction: General Store

Generl Store General Store (Finnish)  

Title: 'General Store'


Author: Hazel Edwards

Publisher: originally published by Hodder& Stoughton (1977)

Finnish: Kauppiaan Josie (Karisto, Hameelinna) 

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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.

 Real General Store in 1960s.

 'General Store" was also my first translation, into Finnish.
"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.
Kendall Mim and Temporary Fred Kakkospesan Porukka (Kendall, Mim and Temporary Fred)
Untapped' Australian Literary Heritage Project is including ‘General Store’ for their 2021 digitalisation project
Buzz Words ezine featured 'General Store'  in 'My First Book' section in  their June 21 , 2021 issue.

General Store today   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.


Diversity_In_New_Formats_.pdf Diversity_In_New_Formats_.pdf (6.36 MB) Explains why digitalisation of favourite out-of-print books is culturally relevant.

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Events & Appearances 2021

Private online mentoring 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

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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 Writing .



Children's Book Week 

Aug 5th 10 AM  Onine about Hijabi Girl :Torrens Primary ACT

7.30 pm Online mentoring 

August 6th  10 am PROV Online mentoring 

August 27th AGM  Society of Women Writers (Vic) 11am Zoom.


Australia Reads Ambassador 

Sept 14th Australia Reads: Ambassador Hazel reading Hippo

Sept 22nd  Zoom 1pm  Malvern 'Survival Skills for Writers During Lockdown.'

Sept 27 th  8pm Writing Muslim Children's Books  Bookings 

Sept 29th  Zoom 6.30-8.30 'A Night of Crime: Society of Women Writers(Vic)   


Nov 10th :  Judge: SWW National Writing Competition. Sydney Zoom.



Jan 11th (Tues) 10am  U3A Nunawading Summer School 'Non- Boring Writing'