Tassie author set to sparkle

FOLLOWING a successful career as a nurse and television weather presenter, Tasmanian author Meg Bignell has put pen to paper and released a debut novel.

Ms Bignell shared details of her cheeky and heartwarming tale, named “The Sparkle Pages”, at a special “In Conversation” event in Hobart’s Fullers Bookshop earlier this month.

Taking place in and around Hobart (and often from the floor of Susannah Parkes’ wardrobe with a glass of wine in her hand), The Sparkle Pages centres around the extremely endearing Susannah and her attempts to reignite the passion in her marriage.

Written in the form of diary entries, the novel tackles Susannah’s struggle to balance married life and parenthood with long-lost ambitions and aspirations of her own.

Ms Bignell, who herself is a mother of three, emerged from her own baby-crazed days (although wonderful) to find that she was shattered, crinkled, worn in and unable to find her dreams anywhere among the detritus of domesticity.

As well as being a mother, wife, a best friend, a cleaner of surfaces and runner of the household, Susannah is a viola virtuoso – but her neglected instrument has been sitting in her wardrobe collecting dust for the past decade.

The Sparkle Pages explores the power music has in punctuating life’s defining moments – moments of yearning, of grieving, and of setting oneself free.

Featuring a vivid cast of characters that will have readers laughing out loud one minute and bawling the next, The Sparkle Pages shows us how to rediscover our best selves when life loses a bit of its sparkle.

Caption: Meg Bignell signing books at Fullers Book Shop for John and Theo Xintavelonis.

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