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In the blue waters of Shelly Bay four women swim their way to a remarkable friendship.


About the book

It’s 1982 in Australia. The Man from Snowy River is a box office hit and Paul Hogan is on the TV.

In a seaside suburb, housewife Theresa takes up swimming. She wants to get fit; she also wants a few precious minutes to herself. So at sunrise each day she strikes out past the waves.

From the same beach, the widowed Marie swims. With her husband gone, bathing is the one constant in her new life.

After finding herself in a desperate situation, 25-year-old Leanne only has herself to rely on. She became a nurse to help others, even as she resists help herself.

Elaine has recently moved from England. Far from home and without her adult sons, her closest friend is a gin bottle.

In the waters of Shelly Bay, these four women find each other. They will survive bluebottle stings and heartbreak; they will laugh so hard they swallow water, and they will plunge their tears into the ocean’s salt. They will find solace and companionship, and learn that love takes many forms. Most of all, they will cherish their friendship, each and every day.


About the author

Sophie Green is an author and publisher who lives in Sydney. She has written several fiction and non-fiction books, some under other names. In her spare time she writes about country music on her blog, Jolene. She grew up by the water in Sydney and will holiday by the ocean in preference to anywhere else. Sophie’s debut novel, The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club, a Top Ten bestseller, was shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards for General Fiction Book of the Year 2018, longlisted for the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year 2018 and longlisted for the Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction 2018.

For all the latest news from Sophie:
Twitter: @sophiegreenauth
Facebook: @sophiegreenbooks


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Praise for ‘The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club’

‘Sophie Green has created a world that’s as heartwarming, fulfilling and Australian as a lamb roast and full-bodied shiraz.’—Australian Women’s Weekly

‘An absolute gem of a novel, with the most evocative sense of place … A definite treat for any book club.’—Better Reading

‘The book club’s reading list will remind readers of the power that contemporary fiction can have in people’s lives.’—Books+Publishing


Sample chapter

Read the first chapter of The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle here.


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Read the book while relaxing outside under the sun. Email us at for your chance to receive one of 10 proof copies and a branded sunscreen bottle.




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