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It is these insights into Luke's disturbed mind that makes this book so compelling.  Although occasionally we see things from the perspective of Angie, the one that Luke most wants to 'help', most of the novella is written from his point-of-view, revealing the deterioration of his state-of-mind and the strange way that he interprets events and interactions and how that impacts on his other relationships. Of all the nightmare scenarios I can think of, having a neighbour who's a stalker would have to be one of the worst.

Lisa Hill, ANZ Lit Lovers  

The Neighbour lulled me first with the normality of life in Australian suburbia and despite the fact that the plot is sketched out on the back cover, still managed to blindside me with the inciting moment.  Perhaps it was denial though; that I didn't want to think that Proudfoot would do what she did.  Once I was over that initial shock (one that had me put the book down for a moment), I was drawn back in as she slowly began unravelling personalities, mysteries and histories. It was a tense journey that kept me close.

Sean Wright, Adventures of a Bookonaut

The Neighbour does deal with dark aspect of suburbia, but its impact is different from other writers' work. Whereas books like Dawn Barker's Let Her Go tease the reader with the possibility that something awful will happen... the terrible event in The Neighbour happens early and happens hard, leaving the reader in no doubt. When it occurs, it's of such a horrific nature that its impact reverberates throughout the rest of the story 

Elizabeth Lhuede, Australian Women Writers Challenge.

The Neighbour is a powerful blend of psychological drama and domestic realism, and it tackles some weighty themes?guilt, redemption, coping with grief?without ever feeling heavy-handed. One of the reasons it struck me was its potential resonance with readers: it deals with a topic that's quite controversial and a situation that could happen to anyone (without wanting to give too much away, the story centres on a terrible accident that changes the lives of two families who live next door to one another).

Carody Culver, Editor

"The Neighbour is an astute psychological drama that offers a powerful and literary meditation on the nature of guilt and responsibility."

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Lychees or Peaches with Nicole Hayes

I was pleased to have met Nicole Hayes at The Bendigo Writers Festival on the Girl You’ll be A Woman Soon Panel. Along with Kirsten Krauth and Jenny Valentish we had a lot of fun chatting about coming of age novels and now she’s on my little blog to dissect the Lychees or Peaches questions. Read the full post here.

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Four star review from Throw The Book At Us.

This is a deeply psychological study, verging on the claustrophobic at times. In places, it is brutal and disturbing. Despite this, the novel rewards the reader with some unexpected twists. Read the full review here.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Proudfootblog.com 20/8

Adding to my Australian Women Writers Challenge for 2014, I’m very pleased to review a gorgeous book by fellow Bendigonean, Dianne Dempsey.

Girls in our town is the first novel from author Dianne Dempsey. Dempsey launched her debut novel this month at the Bendigo Writers Festival (2014) a very apt venue with the story based in Bendigo. Read the full review here.

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

The ever lovely and very talented Mr Steve kendall from the Bendigo Weekly gets up close and personal with the literati (that's me). Read the full article at the Bendigo Weekly here.

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Saturday, 09 August 2014

Bendigo Advertiser August 8, 2014

First-time Bendigo Writers Festival author Julie Proudfoot has a clear message she wants to communicate in her debut novella, The Neighbour. 

"It's very clear for me - the most important thing for me is for people to take away an understanding of when someone has a mental health illness, that they’ve come from a point to get to that point," she said.

Read the full Bendigo Advertiser Article here.

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