Love, ghosts & nose hair was my first novel (in verse) for young adults. It's the story of sixteen year old Jack who lives with his Dad and older sister, Desiree. His Mum died of cancer when he was young - she's the "ghost" of the title. The "nose hair" is Jack's uncertainty about his appearance. The "love" is Annabel, a girl at Jack's school. The novel is actually set in my house at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains.
Love, ghosts & nose hair was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year, 1997, and the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, 1997.
Love, ghosts & nose hair
University of Queensland Press 1996.
Cover by Gregory Rogers and Peter Evans
love is like a gobstopper
Love is like a gobstopper
you spend all your childhood
wanting that perfect round life-giving
never-ending ball of sweetness
you look through the shop window
your mouth waters
eyes go in and out of focus
until that desired gobstopper is yours.
You hold it
dream about it
sleep with it under your pillow
wake up sticky
and hope you'll never be alone
nut like all lovers
you want more
so one tempting night
you close your eyes
push it all the way into your mouth
and taste its wonder
then you swallow it
Love is like a gobstopper.