Born in Melbourne and educated in Sydney, Fiona Higgins has worked in the philanthropic sector over the past 15 years. Fiona's memoir, Love in the Age of Drought, was published in 2009 by Macmillan and her first novel, The Mothers' Group, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2012. Her latest book Wife on the Run is out now. Fiona lives in Bali with her husband and three children.
Fiona shares with us the books that have most influenced her writing journey.
This is the first ‘chapter book’ I ever read without parental input. Critics call it sexist, racist and classist – but show me a seven-year-old who doesn’t love forest fairies, angry pixies, belligerent washerwomen and alluring lands on top of clouds? I laughed out loud at the antics of the deaf Saucepan Man, and secretly wished I was Silky the Fairy. The Magic Faraway Tree started an Enid Blyton obsession for me, which led to The Famous Five and The Secret Seven. Consuming all those Enid Blyton titles in childhood helped cement a lifelong love of reading and writing.
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