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Salvation Creek

by Susan Duncan

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Susan Duncan's bestselling memoir about starting again and risking everything to find the only thing you need. At 44 Susan Duncan appeared to have it all. Editor of two of Australia's top selling women's magazines, a happy marriage, a jetsetting lifestyle covering stories from New York to Greenland, rubbing shoulders with Hollywood royalty, the world was her oyster. But when her beloved husband and brother die within three days of each other, her glittering life shatters. In shock, she zips on her work face and soldiers on - until one morning eighteen months later when she simply can't get out of bed. Heartbreaking, funny and searingly honest, Salvation Creekis the story of a woman who found the courage not only to walk away from a successful career and begin again, but to beat the odds in her own battle for survival and find a new life - and love - in a tiny waterside idyll cut off from the outside world. From the terrifying first step of quitting the job that had always anchored her to abandoning herself to a passionate affair that she knows will break her heart, Duncan never flinches from the truth or loses her wicked sense of humour. Even when she finds a paradise on earth only to discover that it may be too late. It's been said that the greatest risk in life is not to take a risk.… (more)

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  DebbieMcCauley | Dec 6, 2019 |
This Biography deals with the big issues - death of those closest; cancer; remarriage; being the "other woman"; finding a home; understanding the important things; acceptance of self and community.
Susan doesn't try for sympathy and is honest about the regrets and times when she didn't act as well as she should - All in all a very real and understandable memoir.
The only reason I didn't give five stars is there where times when I felt the way it was written caused a bit of confusion in the timeline of the book (at least to me) ( )
  SashaM | Apr 20, 2016 |
I found this a lovely book, very honest and real with wise observations. Liked the underlying nature theme and portrayal of Australian life. Her descriptions of chemo were very intense and frightening. Maybe a bit superficial as to the advantages she and her privileged circle share. ( )
  amaraki | Jun 21, 2015 |
Not exactly a prize-winning novel. Written by a "journalist" in women's magazine style. A supposed true story of her life of coping with the deaths of her husband and brother and her own health problems. She's obviously wealthy and by her own admission doesn't seem to have a great deal of consideration for others in the community. I found myself growing to dislike her more and more as the novel went on. So why did I read it? Well, I was interested in how she could overcome the tragedy of the loss of those two men. Unfortunately, the only answer that's apparent is that she was able to buy her way into a community where she was lucky enough that the people there were extraordinarily generous of spirit. I guess that's an observation worth noting. ( )
  oldblack | Nov 7, 2011 |
I can't remember when I enjoyed a book as much as this one. I literally couldn't put it down, I was so immersed in life on Pittwater that I felt empty after I had finished it. Susan Duncan has written this book honestly and beautifully, and although I am not a great reader of true life stories (I am a fiction girl), I found this compelling. I was off to bed early every night to read more.
Susan lost her husband and beloved brother within a few days of each other, both from cancer, only to find herself stricken with breast cancer a short while later. She totally changes her life and immerses herself in the daily goings on of the people who are living and working around her in Lovatt Bay, near Sydney, which can only be accessed by boat. It is an amazing story, and I can't wait to read the sequel. ( )
1 vote JillyG | Nov 4, 2011 |
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Susan Duncan's bestselling memoir about starting again and risking everything to find the only thing you need. At 44 Susan Duncan appeared to have it all. Editor of two of Australia's top selling women's magazines, a happy marriage, a jetsetting lifestyle covering stories from New York to Greenland, rubbing shoulders with Hollywood royalty, the world was her oyster. But when her beloved husband and brother die within three days of each other, her glittering life shatters. In shock, she zips on her work face and soldiers on - until one morning eighteen months later when she simply can't get out of bed. Heartbreaking, funny and searingly honest, Salvation Creekis the story of a woman who found the courage not only to walk away from a successful career and begin again, but to beat the odds in her own battle for survival and find a new life - and love - in a tiny waterside idyll cut off from the outside world. From the terrifying first step of quitting the job that had always anchored her to abandoning herself to a passionate affair that she knows will break her heart, Duncan never flinches from the truth or loses her wicked sense of humour. Even when she finds a paradise on earth only to discover that it may be too late. It's been said that the greatest risk in life is not to take a risk.

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