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Suzanne Leal Suzanne Leal i(A96829 works by) (a.k.a. Suzanne Maree Leal)
Born: Established: 1967 ;
Gender: Female
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Author and lawyer with experience in child protection, criminal law, and refugee law. Leal is the author of two novels: Border Street (2006) and The Teacher's Secret (2016). She has also reviewed fiction for the Weekend Australian.

In 2018, she was the senior judge for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2021 recipient Varuna Fellowships Varuna Residential Fellowships for ‘A Runner in Hitler’s Town’

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Deceptions Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 18474487 2020 single work novel

'In 1943, a young woman is taken to a Jewish ghetto outside Prague where one of the guards - a Czech gendarme - is quickly drawn to her. Believing he will offer her protection, Hana reluctantly accepts Karel's advances only to find herself alone and abandoned in Auschwitz. Decades later, Karel carries his regrets to Sydney where he and his family try to make a new life for themselves.

'Despite her devotion to the family, Karel's wife is a troubled woman, haunted by a secret that will not leave her as the consequences of her actions as a young woman continue to reverberate both within her family and further afield. Meanwhile, the couple's daughter is still reeling from her husband's infidelities as, unbeknownst to any of them, their cherished granddaughter becomes more and more entangled with her married boss.

'Outwardly harmonious, this is a fractured family whose lives are built on foundations of lies and deceptions - foundations that threaten to completely collapse as old transgressions re-emerge in the lead up to a long-awaited family wedding. Inspired by a true story of wartime betrayal, The Deceptions is a searing, compassionate tale of love and regret within a family whose secrets might better be left alone.' (Publication summary)

2021 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
2020 winner 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature People's Choice Prize
2020 winner 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature The Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize
2020 shortlisted 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature
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