Lisa Joy began writing stories in her teenage years but decided she needed to get her heart broken and live in another country before pursuing a career as a novelist. Born in Sydney, she spent most of her childhood wearing pink tights and leotards at ballet class. At age 21, deciding she wasn't cut out for the famished life of a ballerina, she left her safe and somewhat predictable existence behind and travelled to London, where she worked as a television producer's PA, in fashion retail and the restaurant business. Having fallen head over heels in love with London, travelling Europe, eating amazing food and the occasional stint on stage and screen, Lisa stayed put for about 7 years, until finally, family called and she returned to Australia. Her writing took a dramatic turn for the better after she attended a commercial fiction masterclass with author Fiona McIntosh. She now lives in the picturesque Dandenong ranges outside Melbourne on a vegetable farm with her fiancé and four chooks. And yes, she is PA to a celebrated chef. Her debut novel, Yes, Chef, is available now.
‘Don’t gobblefunk around with words.’ This charming story positively delighted me as a child and I still enjoy it now. It tells the tale of a brave and resourceful little girl who helps a dream-catching giant capture the horrendous man-eating giants. It’s a beautiful story of friendship with an uproarious scene including the Queen of England and some whizzpopping frobscottle. The BFG’s language and the names of the other giants are pure genius and ignited a real love of storytelling in me from a young age.
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