A Beautiful Old Sydney Mansion. A Haunting Tale of Friendship, Tragedy and Dark Secrets.

Press Release : October 09, 2015
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Australian author and artist Rosa Fedele releases her first in a series of illustrated novels, THE RED DOOR.

Fedele says of the suspense novel, “It’s gripping, but at the same time endearing. The story is as much a mystery novel with an immigrant’s tragedy woven into its centre, as a portrait of women who carry dark secrets but also persevere through the strength of friendship. But readers beware: it may cause some heartache – the characters are very relatable.”

This haunting tale, set in 1983 in inner city Sydney, arouses and engages the reader, taking them on a roller coaster of emotional twists and turns.

“It began four years ago as I was strolling through Glebe in Sydney, admiring the old mansions, and I happened upon one house in particular. But it was more than a house; the magnificent old building riveted and mesmerised me and in the following weeks I was drawn back to the site over and over. The mansion is, even now, fronted by a brightly painted front door – a glossy façade – and I began to imagine what the door might mask and what it could have concealed over the last 150 years: nasty, shameful secrets, possibly a poor family’s misfortune and tragedy, rotten crimes and heaven knows what other unholy messes … and a story began to form. This book is the fulfilment of a dream, to interweave a story with pictures and draw the reader into my own slightly dark-edged, world.”

Fedele, known for her portrait and figurative work, was born in Sydney and studied at the prestigious Julian Ashton Art School. A member of Portrait Artists Australia, Australia’s largest industry association for professional portraitists, her work has been exhibited in NSW Parliament House and Parliament House Canberra, as well as numerous galleries and exhibitions in Australia and worldwide.

THE RED DOOR is available from all retailers including Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and Google Play or visit www.rosafedele.com/books.

Readers can also have their own memento from the book – illustrations from The Red Door are available as limited edition giclées and art prints, visit www.rosafedele.com/store.

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