12noon – 2pm at the Masonic Lodge, 58 Neil Street Toowoomba

Guest Speaker:  Susan Leal, author of The Watchful Wife

Tickets:  48pp which includes a delicious 2 course meal and a glass of wine

There will also be a lucky door prize, Fibbers competition and literary quiz

Suzanne Leal

Toowoomba holds a special place for Suzanne as her father, Barry Leal, a French academic by training, was the inaugural Vice-Chancellor of USQ.

Suzanne’s fourth novel, The Watchful Wife is the story of Ellen Wells, a sheltered young woman brought up in an authoritarian church whose life unravels when her husband is accused of a crime he swears he didn’t commit.  In writing this novel, Suzanne drew on her experience as a lawyer, especially in the area of criminal law.  Through the eyes of Ellen Wells, she wanted to explore those who are both central and invisible to the legal system: the families of those people who stand accused of a crime. In The Watchful Wife, Suzanne also return to the schoolyard, the focus of her earlier novel, The Teacher’s Secret, this time turning her attention a scandal at an elite high school.

In essence, The Watchful Wife is a story of suspicion, faith, love and the limits of the truth.  Suzanne is an experienced public speaker and would be delighted to give an author talk to introduce The Watchful Wife to readers.