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What is left over, after

Written by Natasha Lester


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When it comes to love, Gaelle is careful. But when it comes to friendship, her heart betrays her in unexpected ways. Fleeing her life with little more than her clothes, her camera and her cosmetics, Gaelle finds herself washed up in the seaside town of Siesta Park. There she meets thirteen-year-old Selena whose friendship, unlooked for and unwanted, helps Gaelle face the legacy of a childhood overshadowed by a charismatic but unreliable mother.

‘[T]his haunting, wise book heralds the arrival of a remarkable Australian talent’ The Age, Pick of the Week.

‘skillfully structured story of a woman’s slow recovery from the loss of a child.’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘… a moving story about a woman gaining self-knowledge and maturity …’ Herald Sun

’There’s an overall sense of accomplishment here …’ Canberra Times

‘It felt like a summer holiday in Seista Park – unhurried and relaxed, never sluggish.’ Flourish Magazine

’ … explores the dark legacies of familial love gone awry …’ The West Australian

‘… a beautifully written, sensitive book.’ Australian Women Online

‘Lester has very carefully carved a multi-faceted heroine you can’t help but feel for and love.’ Canning Examiner

‘… an enjoyable book that will appeal to female readers.’ Books+Publishing


T.A.G. Hungerford Award (Winner 2008)

ISBN 9781921696084 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (208 x 140mm) (Paperback)
Categories T.A.G. Hungerford Winners
Book Club Reads
Award Winning
Pages 232
Publication Year 2010
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
Rights Contact the agent
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    Natasha Lester

    Natasha Lester is the award-winning author of If I Should Lose You and What is Left Over, After. The Age newspaper has described her as a 'remarkable Australian talent'. Natasha’s short stories have appeared in collections such as Australian Love Stories and The Kid on the Karaoke Stage and she has been awarded fellowships at Varuna, The Writers’ Centre and grants by the Australia Council for her writing. As well as writing books, Natasha also teaches creative writing for the Australian Writers’ Centre and loves dressing up as pirates and princesses with her three children. Read more