20 lucky winners will receive a copy of The Opal Dragonfly by Julian Leatherdale valued at $29.99 each

WIN 1 of 20 copies of the novel The Opal Dragonfly by Julian Leatherdale, thanks to Allen & Unwin.

September, 1851. Sydney, city of secrets and gossip. Seventeen-year-old Isobel Macleod is determined to save her father because she loves him. But when she dares to trespass in a forbidden male world, she will be plunged into social disgrace. A wave of ill fortune threatens to swallow up her family and their stately home, Rosemount Hall, ‘the finest house in the colony’ on the foreshores of Sydney Harbour.

Is Isobel to blame for her family’s fate or does the cause lie further in the past? When Isobel was four, Major Macleod returned from an expedition with two ‘souvenirs': an Aboriginal girl who became her friend and two opals fashioned into a dragonfly brooch for her mother.

When Isobel inherits this ‘unlucky’ heirloom, she wonders if the terrible dreams it summons are a curse or a gift. Now Isobel’s hopes for her future depend on a charming bohemian who encourages her hidden passion to become an artist. Will she now be permanently exiled from her family home? Or will she be transformed into a new self, like a magnificent dragonfly emerging into the sunlight?

A daughter sacrifices her reputation, two men bid for the love of a woman, freedom is found in the heart of a dust storm, a father’s legacy reveals past crimes.

Inspired by Elizabeth Bay House and the other grand villas of Sydney’s Woolloomooloo Hill, The Opal Dragonfly tells the bittersweet story of an ambitious family’s fall from grace and a brave young woman’s struggle to find her true self.

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  • Port Arthur, impotant historical remains in a beautiful natural environment, peaceful and tranquil. So hard to believe a mass murder was committed here until you see the memorial at the site.

  • The Australian War Memorial in Canberra ACT. I was so overwhelmed, it gave me goosebumps just being in the presence of the memorial.

  • The Sydney harbour bridge. It is the sixth longest spanning arch bridge in the world and the tallest steel arch building and also the worlds widest long span bridge, how impressive is that, and it’s in our beautiful country and is well known around the world as a great highlight in Sydney.

  • Mudgee as its where my dad (deceased) grew up

  • Ayers Rock

  • My favourite site is “Hanging Rock”. I was totally obsessed with Picnic at Hanging Rock for years and can’t help myself, when ever I go there, I kind of look out for those girls. Its a beautiful place, with wildlife, great landscape views and peaceful atmosphere. My go to spot.

  • The National Carillion in Canberra – beautifully located on Aspen Island, it gives lovely (free) concerts on summer evenings. We have a family link – my father in law played the Carillion for many years. It was a gift from Britain to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Canberra.

  • I love Daylesford as it has a lot of historical buildings and a lovely place to visit

  • The Iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge

  • What an amazing prize! ballarat shows the hardship everyone went through, mining in the old country what a history

  • Dubbo Gaol, —- as i love the old feeling

  • Port Arthur, because it has some faily ties!

  • Port Arthur. Growing up in Tasmania I went their often with school, but now as an adult I really appreciate more the significance of the site, and feel lucky to have been there and viewed it so many times.

  • The Round House in Fremantle, WA

  • the twelve apostles and loch ard gorge a scenic spot which was a shipwreck coast sad many lives were lost in bygone years

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