Place of Shells
Place of Shells is an historical/literary novel that begins in 1944 when fifteen-year-old Matilda is diagnosed with Leprosy and is sent to live at the Peel Island Lazaret in Queensland.
She slowly adapts to her new environment and finds a way to endure, and even enjoy, the forced isolation.
However, three years later, an encounter with an outsider ends in trauma and Matilda faces unbearable loss. She is forced to accept that she may never return to the mainland and her family.