The Teacher’s Secret – A Small Town With Its Secrets Is The Perfect Background For The New Novel By Suzanne Leal

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A small town can be a refuge, but while its secrets are held, it’s hard to know who to trust and what to believe. The Teacher’s Secret is a tender and compelling story of scandal, rumour and dislocation, and the search for grace and dignity in the midst of dishonour and humiliation.

Terry Pritchard, assistant principal at Brindle Public School, watches his career collapse. Nina Foreman, a new teacher, struggles with the breakdown of her marriage and a new classroom. Rebecca Chuma is also new to Brindle: the locals are curious – what’s she doing there and why she can’t return home. By contrast, Joan Mather has lived in Brindle all her life. Since the death of her elderly mother, however, she’s been finding it hard to even leave the house.

Suzanne Leal is a lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law. A former legal commentator on ABC Radio, Suzanne is a regular interviewer at Sydney Writers’ Festival and other literary functions. She is the senior judge for the 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.The Teacher’s Secret is her first novel published in the UK. Suzanne lives in Sydney with her husband, David, and her four children, Alex, Dominic, Xavier and Miranda.

The book is available at the link http://www.legendtimesgroup.co.uk/legend-press/books/1410-the-teacher-s-secret

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