Di Morrissey: Before the Storm

Australias favourite storyteller and a titan of the Australian fiction landscape, Di Morrissey AM, is back with her latest novel, Before the Storm.

After being double-crossed by a devious colleague, career woman Ellie Conlan quits her job on principle. With no idea what to do next, she retreats to Storm Harbour, an idyllic Victorian beach town.

Ellie’s grandfather runs The Storm Harbour Chronicle, the trusted local newspaper. As Ellie is drawn into a story about a development which could split the coastal community – and involves her with the influential O’Neill family – an event she has long suppressed threatens to overwhelm her.

Dark clouds gather as rumours fly and tensions mount. And when a violent storm breaks and rages, Ellie will finally have to confront her past.

Di Morrissey AM is one of the most successful and prolific authors Australia has ever produced. She has published twenty-seven consecutive bestselling novels over the course of her stellar career, with sales over 3 million copies.

Di trained as a journalist, starting her cadetship at age seventeen, working in newspapers, magazines, television, film, theatre and advertising around the world. Her fascination with different countries, their cultural, political and environmental issues, has been the catalyst for her novels, which are all inspired by a particular landscape and vividly brought to life through intensive research.

In 2017, in recognition of her achievements, Di was inducted into the Australian Book Industry Awards Hall of Fame with the prestigious Lloyd O’Neil Award. In 2019, she was made a Member of the Order of Australia. As the editor/publisher of the Manning Community News, Di’s experience, advocacy and passion for community journalism has inspired her eagerly awaited twenty-eighth novel.


Before the Storm is published by Pan Macmillan Australia and available from all leading book sellers including Booktopia.

Image: Before the Storm – courtesy of Pan Macmillan Australia

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