Author Judy Nunn is about to tour the country for the launch of her new novel, Spirits of the Ghan. On Monday, November 16, she will visit Tweed Heads Library.
Author Judy Nunn is about to tour the country for the launch of her new novel, Spirits of the Ghan. On Monday, November 16, she will visit Tweed Heads Library. Contributed

Journey through the heart

SHE’S an actor, a screenwriter and a member of the Order of Australia, but Judy Nunn has made her mark in the world of novels.

This month, she will release the newest addition to her literary repertoire.

Based around the creation of the northern Ghan railway, Spirits of the Ghan takes the reader on a journey through Australia’s heart.

Her book launch tour begins next Wednesday and will span five weeks, across almost every state and territory. It will stop at Tweed Heads Library next month.

“It’s a very, very big book tour, which is thrilling,” Nunn said.

Several years before beginning work on Spirits of the Ghan, Nunn travelled the famous railway with her husband, Bruce.

“It’s the book of the building of the Northern Ghan, from Alice to Darwin,” Nunn said.

The northern part of the railway filled the gap which had been there for decades, since the construction of the southern stretch between Adelaide and Alice Springs in 1929. Nunn said the extension to Darwin, completed in 1974, meant great things for residents in the north.

“It was a massive undertaking,” she said.

Nunn had always been attracted to remote parts of Australia – and that’s why they’re so prominent in her novels.

“They’ve all been based in various parts of our country,” she said.

“We’ve got the most wonderful country, not only in its magnitude,” she said.

Nunn said she always took two years to create a novel, with research playing a massive role in her work.

After so many best-selling novels, she says she still gets a kick out of inspiring readers’ imaginations.

This year, Nunn was made a member of the Order of Australia for her service to the performing arts as a scriptwriter and actor of stage and screen, and to literature as an author.



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