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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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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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Tuesday, 05 August 2014

I’ve been tagged by writer and bookseller Gerard Elson in a blog hop where writers share their thoughts on their work. You can hop along and read Gerard’s response to the QnA here

Q: What am I working on now?

Apart from preparing for both a panel and a launch at the Bendigo Writers Festival, two books are taking up all of my time at the moment. Antony and the Robot is, although it sounds like a sci-fi, a contemporary Lit-fiction. Think Real Humans where the robots are so human like you can’t tell the difference. The focus is on Antony (who is not a robot) and his relationship problems that he attempts to cure by purchasing a robot to act out a relationship without emotions.  It’s a story about the man, not the robot.... read more.

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