I keep getting comments, emails and messages on twitter and facebook about people who are enjoy A Beautiful Struggle but wish there was more about Australia and I'm trying to figure out what the problem is. 

The characters live in Western Sydney - a 'normal' suburban area, with houses streets and shopping centres; and they work in Sydney - a city, much like any others I have visited in this world with tall buildings, busy traffic, a large park and a harbour. 

These are all described within the book so I'm wondering if it is just the world wide misconception that Australia is teeming with koalas and kangaroos milling around in our front yards that is the problem. 

I suppose I describe it in a very 'normal' way because Sydney is normal to me much like when I read a book based in San Francisco I don't expect a tourist guides description about the Golden Gate Bridge, I expect a 'normal' representation of life there. I seriously haven't seen a koala or a kangaroo outside of a zoo for almost 10 years - and then I only saw them because I was staying in a country town for a friends 21st birthday party.

I suppose the point of this post is to say that I'm interested and I think it's time we educate each other - What do you expect to read about when you pick up a book set in Australia? You can tell me what you expect and I can tell you how it really is. :) 

Don't be shy! I don't bite :D



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