LIFE on the Murray River has certainly had its fair share of drama throughout the centuries.
And now local readers can soak up even more of that drama with Darry Fraser’s novel Where the Murray River Runs.
The acclaimed Kangaroo Island author has launched a tour of regional libraries to promote her latest work, and she’ll be stopping right here in Echuca.
Set in the nineteenth century and spanning the communities of Bendigo through to Renmark, Where the Murray River Runs tells a story of greed, honour and love.
The novel — the second in a series of books set around the Murray River — is already disappearing off bookshelves, with 6000 copies sold in the first eight weeks following its release.
And it’s already on international release under Harper Collins.
This comes after the stunning success of Darry’s debut River Murray novel Daughter of the Murray, which has sold 10,000 copies to date.
And this is only the beginning for Darry, with her next book contracted for November.
The upcoming novel will centre on Ballarat immediately after the Eureka Stockade.
“It is always fascinating to read first-hand accounts of history and to realise these people had worries, dreams and fears not so different to ours,” Darry said.
“And while my characters are fictional, they can tell us a lot about the time in which they lived as well as the universal truths that apply to us all.”
Her research for the Ballarat novel also revealed some fascinating facts, such as women being ‘accidentally’ granted the vote in the goldfields.
Darry is also working on a third River Murray novel, which she hopes will bring the story closer to South Australia, along the river from Renmark to Mannum.
Locals can meet Darry and hear her speak on Sunday, February 25 at Echuca library from 2.30pm.