Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs

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Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs


Second Edition (2016): Paperback: NEW ISBN 9780992527648.  E-Book: ISBN 9780992527655

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN for a Book Description and future author talks Jane will be giving.

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Book Description

Echoing themes in Foyles War, a much loved British TV series, this is a true story about the author attempting to make sense of her secret adoption in London in 1947.  She was told about it when she was 19 and then she was sworn to secrecy and forbidden to ever search for her biological family.

Decades later, after her adoptive parents had died, tragic family circumstances drive her in what becomes a quest for clarity about genes and her true identity.  Eventually she meets members of her biological family.

Sadly she was too late to find her mother alive, but in a wonderful and poignant meeting with her half-brother in London she sees a photo of her mother for the first time. He tells Jane that their mother was an elegant, mysterious and multilingual woman who went to finishing school in Belgium. During WWII, like Honeysuckle Weeks in Foyles War, she became a British soldier and a driver of high ranking officials while living close to Bletchley Park, Churchill’s Secret Intelligence and Computers Headquarters where the enigma code was broken. Later she became a spy and was sent on a dangerous assignment to Arnhem in a story that has never been told until now. 

For the author, struggling to find her identity and longing to know more about why she was adopted, this was more than she could accept. How could this possibly be true?

Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs interweaves the raw emotion of adoptee discovery, the heart pounding threads of WWII espionage and the author’s poignant search for truth and identity.

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Author Talks by Jane about Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs

Jane has spoken at a number of venues in 2017, and three more are scheduled for October and two in 2018.

Jane has given talks to many community groups, clubs and libraries in Sydney and New South Wales in Australia and overseas.  They include the Jessie Street National Women’s Library at Customs House on the 16th March 2017, and others at libraries, to members of various clubs and Probus Clubs.  For example, Ashfield Library, Bowral Library,  Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, Pitt Street, Leichardt library, Ryde library, Mosman library, Stanton library, Dural library, Northbridge library, Ashfield Library, Hurstville Library, Kiama Library, Post Adoption Resource Centre, Exclusive Books, Killarney, Johannesburg, South Africa and elsewhere. 

Talks focus on anecdotes and insights since her book was published including more recent findings in search for identity, her family history, her understanding of adoption,  and the impact of WWI and WWII on all the characters in her story. Books are available for sale on the day.

If you are interested in inviting Jane to talk or attending a talk, please leave a message on the contact page. She will usually reply within a couple of days.

 

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An interview with Thomas Graham on Ipsify 

Jane was very pleased when Thomas Graham invited her to do a short interview with him about her book.  Thomas published this on Ipsify, the sequel to the respected Australian Journal of Adoption which he edited for many years. You can read it here (page 3).

Book review 

A very positive book review by Emeritus professor Ross Fitzgerald  was published in The Weekend Australian on the 18th July 2015, with the heading Mother, you had me but I never had you – a reference to a song released in 1970 by John Lennon MBE, the co-founder of The Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. 

As a service to other readers, please do rate our books and write a review (a short simple one would be great) anywhere and everywhere, eg on Amazon, Goodreads and Librarything. 

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Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs has won an Award!

Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs wins an award. Award ceremony, 27th May, Harvard Club, New York. From left to right, Catherine Gouley, Award Chair, Jane Eales, Author, and Shelley Anderson, Award Coordinator

Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs wins an award.
Award ceremony, 27th May, Harvard Club, New York.
From left to right, Catherine Gouley, Award Chair, Jane Eales, Author, and Shelley Anderson, Award Coordinator

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Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs was a Winner in the Autobiography/Biography category of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in New York  on the 27th May, 2015.

This is wonderful for the book as this award program is the largest not-for-profit book awards program open to independently published authors worldwide.  The judges are leaders in both traditional and indie book publishing in the US.

After this award, the book was reprinted with the award emblem embedded into top right hand corner of the front cover.


Growing Media interest– To listen or read more about the book, please scroll down to News:  Television, Radio and Print Media.  There you can

Listen to a 20 minute radio interview with David Barr on Eastside 89.7 FM radio recorded on the 1st September 2015.

Read a book review in The Australian by Ross Fitzgerald, emeritus professor of history and politics at Griffiths University. 18th July 2015

Read an article in ‘Yours’ Magazine (May 14 2015 issue) about Jane

Listen to a Conversation with Richard Fidler broadcast on the 16th April 2015 (50 minutes),

Watch Jane’s interview on the Channel 9 Mornings Television Show with Georgie Gardner and David Campbell shown on the 23rd February 2015 (5 minutes).

Listen to a radio interview with 666ABC Canberra, Sunday Brunch with Lish Fejer, 23rd November 2014 (15 minutes) and

Read some articles about Jane in the Mosman Daily and the North Shore Times

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