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SIX MINUTES is available from your local bookshop in Australia and New Zealand. It's also published as an ebook and an audio book. In other countries, you can order
through Booktopia or Amazon or Book Depository.


Shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Awards

One Thursday morning, Lexie Parker dashes to the shop for biscuits, leaving Bella in the safe care of the other mums in the playgroup. Six minutes later, Bella is gone.


Police and media descend on the tiny village of Merrigang outside Canberra. Locals unite to
search the dense bushland. But as the investigation continues, relationships start to fracture,
online hate messages target Lexie, and the community is engulfed by fear. 

Is Bella’s disappearance connected to the angry protests at Parliament House? What secrets are
the parents hiding? And why does a local teacher keep a photo of Bella in his lounge-room?

What happened in those six minutes and where is Bella?

'Impossible to put down.'

Liane Moriarty

Short-listed for the Australian Crime Writers' Association's Ned Kelly Awards.

Short-listed for the 2020 Sisters-in-Crime Davitt Awards.

Long-listed for the 2020 Australian Independent Bookseller Awards.

Published by Allen and Unwin.

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'A beautiful, exciting one-of-a-kind. The writing is tight and addictive, and the storyline and characters cross and counter-cross right to the very last page.'


'Every suburb has its secrets if you dig deep enough. Thanks to Petronella McGovern, we have our own mystery set right in the heart of the nation's capital.' 

Newtown RB

'Six Minutes is a book woven from unease, threaded through with an air of creepiness that starts even before the drama of Bella’s strange disappearance.'

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'Petronella McGovern has crafted her own licence to thrill.'

6PR Perth radio

'Our author today is Petronella McGovern; her novel Six Minutes is a gripping mystery, set in the suburbs.'


'I’d always wanted to write fiction and have my own novels published.'

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