Treechange paves way for award-winning novel

AN author’s treechange to Boonah in the Scenic Rim provided the setting for the novel that won The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year at Friday night’s Queensland Literary Awards.

Tabitha Bird’s A Lifetime of Impossible Days, a magical tale of family heartbreak and healing, is the debut book for the 43-year-old, who moved from Brisbane with her husband and three sons seven years ago and found the right place to bring her work-in-progress to life.

The book, which sprang from a writing exercise during counselling over her own childhood trauma, resonated strongly with readers, with overall voting for the award up 40 per cent on last year.

The COVID-safe online ceremony also awarded the richest prize, the $25,000 Queensland’s Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance, to Cairns author Joe Gorman for Heartland: How Rugby League Explains Queensland.

The judges said the book was a superbly written insight into the State of Origin series.

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