On the 4th of September 1939, Connie Sommerlad was brutally butchered and her brother left for dead in their family farmhouse. It was a murder that would rock the tight-knit community of Tenterfield in rural New South Wales. A murder made more shocking when it was discovered their assailant was a local man working for the Sommerlads. Jack Kelly, who was to become the last person to be hanged in New South Wales, struggled to explain his awful crime even as he faced the gallows. Yet this was far from the only mystery to be exposed by Connie's tragic end. Vividly evoking small-town Australia in the months leading up to the outbreak of World War II, Connie's Secret brings to life the true story of a highly respectable family desperately trying to protect their talented but wayward daughter's reputation at a time when religion, virtue and maintaining appearances held sway over every thought and deed.
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(230mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Allen & Unwin
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Author Biography - Anne Lovell
This is Anne Lovell's first book. She is the niece of Connie Sommerlad.