Jenny Bond has worked as a teacher, journalist, copywriter and researcher. Her non-fiction titles have been published in Australia and the USA. It was writing one about the stories behind great novels that led Jenny to write her own first novel, Perfect North. Her second novel, The President's Lunch, again incorporates real-life figures with fictional ones, a technique that allows her to imaginatively interpret historical events. While researching The President's Lunch, Jenny spent two months in Washington D.C. visiting the places where the Roosevelts lived and worked. She lives with her husband and children in Canberra, Australia's capital.
My older brother read this coming-of-age-tale to me when I was six. As it is set during the Depression in the deep south and deals with racism, morality and the loss of innocence, much of the plot went over my head. However, I found the character of Boo Radley fascinating – both terrifying and heartbreaking. I was distraught when I was told Harper Lee had not written anything else. I have read and taught the novel many times since and each time I come back to Lee’s classic I discover something fresh and wonderful in her writing. Her images, motifs and meandering prose style have influenced my own writing.
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