Excerpts

It would be easiest to just walk out
the front door. But I’d been on the run since before I was born …
(read the first two chapters of Magic or Madness)

Once, when I was really little,
we passed a road sign
peppered with bullet holes…
(read the first two chapters of the sequel,
Magic Lessons
. Be warned: if you haven’t
read Magic or Madness these chapters
are full of spoilers!

When I was little,
magic was the sensation of water
sliding past my skin…
(read the first two chapters
of the last book
. Be warned: if you haven’t
read the first two these chapters
are full of spoilers!)

Surprise extras!
The very first draft of the first few
chapters of Magic or Madness

written in June 2003.
I sold the trilogy from a proposal in November
of the same year and
turned in the first book in February 2004.
It was published in March 2005.

The afterword to the
Australian edition of Magic or Madness
which discusses Camperdown Cemetery
—one of the settings of the trilogy.

If any of the words in these chapters are unfamiliar—like “amari” or “knackered” or “unco”—look ‘em up in the glossary.