“Long Bay is a novel about a woman who – coming from limited circumstances – makes questionable choices and lives with the consequences of them. I think it is as much a novel about life today as it is a novel about history and the early 1900s.
There are still so many people (refugees, minorities, people born into poverty, people not given the opportunities for education) who we judge for doing things which are considered by society to be illegal or wrong. If we put ourselves in their shoes, what would we have done?
How can we make blanket judgements about illegal immigrants, drug addicts and backyard abortionists when we have been given such different opportunities, all of us, to succeed?”