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Image: Giles Park Photography.


Petronella is fascinated by people - what makes us tick, how we view the world, and the lies we tell others and ourselves. She's interested in the complexities of relationships and the dynamics in families. 


Petronella grew up in a large family on a farm in New South Wales - building tree houses, chasing cows and avoiding snakes. Bitten by the travel bug, Petronella backpacked in Africa, Europe, America and Russia.  

Her debut novel, Six Minutes, was published in 2019 while her second novel, The Good Teacher, was released in September 2020.


She has co-written two non-fiction books - an Olympic memoir (Trailblazers: Australia's First Olympic Equestrians) and a travelogue (For Love and a Beetle). After working in Canberra for a number of years, Petronella now lives in Sydney with her family.

Petronella is a member of the Australian Society of Authors, the Australian Crime Writers Association and Sisters in Crime Australia.

Literary representation

Brian Cook, The Authors' Agent, Email:


Allen & Unwin Book Publishers, Australia, Email:

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